Cardinal Dougherty reunion raises money for charities

The Car­din­al Dougherty re­union com­mit­tee presen­ted dona­tions to sev­en char­it­ies last week dur­ing a din­ner at Tony’s Place in May­fair. (Tom War­ing)


Car­din­al Dougherty High School closed in 2010, but the Cards Soar at the Shore re­union con­tin­ues to be a pop­u­lar sum­mer event for gradu­ates and oth­er friends of the school.

Alumni gathered at the 16th an­nu­al re­union this sum­mer at Keen­an’s Ir­ish Pub in North Wild­wood, N.J. When Dougherty was open, pro­ceeds went to the school. Now that the school is closed, all the money raised was tar­geted to Dougherty-re­lated char­it­ies.

“The Dougherty alumni are around, and we help each oth­er out,” said Mike Pren­der­gast, a 1969 Dougherty gradu­ate and head of the com­mit­tee that or­gan­izes the an­nu­al gath­er­ing.

Pren­der­gast and the com­mit­tee in­vited the re­cip­i­ents of this year’s pro­ceeds to din­ner on Aug. 28 at Tony’s Place in May­fair. There, $1,000 checks were handed out to the fol­low­ing char­it­ies:

• Ami­gos de Je­sus, an orphan­age in Hon­dur­as op­er­ated by, among oth­ers, the Rev. Denny O’Don­nell, a 1965 Dougherty gradu­ate.

• Brid­get (Wil­li­ams) Kreck­man and her three young chil­dren. Paul and Brid­get Kreck­man gradu­ated from Dougherty in 1993. Paul died re­cently at age 37 of cyst­ic fibrosis.

• The Robyn Hig­gins Ap­peal. Robyn, 10, flies from Lon­don to re­ceive treat­ments for neur­o­blastoma at Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia. Tom Hoban, a 1969 Dougherty gradu­ate in­volved in Ir­ish-Amer­ic­an causes, is a close friend of the Hig­gins fam­ily.

• Fire­fight­er Dan Sweeney Schol­ar­ship Fund, which provides money to chil­dren to re­ceive a Cath­ol­ic edu­ca­tion. Sweeney was a Bish­op McDe­vitt gradu­ate. His mom, Mari­an, gradu­ated from Dougherty in 1972 and was a teach­er there.

• Colleen Rossiter Schol­ar­ship Fund, which of­fers as­sist­ance to fam­il­ies in need and those who send their chil­dren to Cath­ol­ic schools. Rossiter, who died of can­cer, was a 2002 Dougherty gradu­ate.

• Save Wild­wood Cath­ol­ic High School Fund. On Jan. 5, 2010, the Dio­cese of Cam­den an­nounced the school would close if it could not raise $200,000 by March 7 of that year. A com­mit­tee raised $300,000, and the school re­mains open. When the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2009 that Dougherty and North Cath­ol­ic would close in June 2010, it did not give alumni a chance to save the schools.

• The Mark Kee­ley Me­mori­al Fund, in memory of a 2009 Dougherty gradu­ate who was killed in a Ta­cony ex­plo­sion in Janu­ary 2011 while work­ing for Phil­adelphia Gas Works. The money will go to the much-needed renov­a­tion of the gym at St. Cecil­ia, where Kee­ley played and coached CYO sports.

The 17th an­nu­al Cards Soar at the Shore will take place on Ju­ly 20, 2013 at Keen­an’s. ••End­Frag­ment 

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