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GOOD NEWS: Holy Cross Catholic High School is making an impact

Black & Gold Ball participants are Catholic High School students Bishop and Holy Cross. (Courtesy photo)

The school year may be drawing to a close, but Holy Cross Catholic High School (HCCHS) has had an eventful May.

On May 7, Holy Cross accepted a donation from the annual Double Eagle Charities, Cook Off For Kids event. The HCCHS was selected as one of the two recipients of the event.

Double Eagle Charities, Inc. was formed in 2017 as a charitable arm of Double Eagle, with the goal of giving back to the communities of Fort Worth and West Texas. The event gave the HCCHS the opportunity to talk about the history of the school, its mission, its needs and the achievements of the students. The HCCHS received a check in the amount of $ 156,000.

“The pandemic has hit Holy Cross Catholic High School very hard, as have many other nonprofits. We are very fortunate that Double Eagle, as well as the local philanthropic community, have helped us so much. The Double Eagle event truly shows an organization that gives back to the community as a corporate citizen, ”said Brad Gibson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross Catholic High School.

The HCCHS was not only excited to showcase the completion of its sophomore year at the Cook Off For Kids event, but it was also gearing up for its own fundraiser, the second annual Black & Gold Ball. Even with all the uncertainty of the pandemic over whether to host the event, the community provided unwavering support in terms of participation and fundraising. All proceeds from the event were donated to the HCCHS.

The Black & Gold Ball took place at the Way Retreat Center on May 15th. The evening featured great food, drinks, live silent auctions, and dancing to the sound of live music. The honorary co-chairs of the event this year were Sondra and Toby Eoff from Odessa, and Brenda and Travis Stice from Midland.

Stice expressed the importance of a Catholic high school here in the Permian Basin and introduced one of the students of Holy Cross, Alejandro Hinojos. Hinojos is a junior at HCCHS and he spoke about his experience at Holy Cross and how it transformed his life.

“With two very successful fundraisers, we are incredibly grateful, especially after 2020,” said Gibson. “The Black & Gold Ball was chaired by a dedicated group of people who have a heart for children and believe in the power of education to transform lives.”

“This year has certainly been complicated and filled with uncertainties, but through it all we have been blessed with community members who have stepped up and made sure that we continue our mission of educating the youth of the basin. Permian. Our Holy Cross family continues to be blessed by the generosity of our community. We thank them for offering us their prayers and their commitment to our school. Carolyn Gonzalez, Holy Cross Catholic High School, principal of the school, said.