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Northwest Catholic High School’s Spirit of Northwest Gala Shatters Expectations

Spirit of Northwest Gala. Courtesy photo

West Hartford’s Northwest Catholic High School held its major fundraiser at the Delamar Hotel on April 27.

Spirit of Northwest Gala. Courtesy photo

Submitted by James Drzewiecki, Director of Communications and Marketing

The Spirit of Northwest Gala surpassed expectations, raising over $135,000 to support ongoing initiatives and enrich the student experience.

Held at the Delamar in West Hartford, the gala brought together over 200 attendees including current parents, alumni, staff, and community members. Patrick Williamson, director of Advancement at Northwest Catholic High School, praised the strong turnout, highlighting the camaraderie and enthusiasm among guests.

“The Northwest community is one that enjoys socializing, brought together by their shared experiences at Northwest Catholic High School,” said Williamson. “It is a group of friends and benefactors like no other school in the area – particularly as evidenced by their generosity.”

Highlighting the evening’s festivities was the heartfelt tribute to Rev. Michael J. Dolan, who was honored for his significant contributions to Northwest Catholic as he prepares to return to full-time pastoral duties. The night saw the announcement of the new Rev. Michael J. Dolan Scholarship Fund, aimed at providing four years of full scholarships to deserving students from qualified families, underscoring Northwest Catholic’s dedication to fostering leadership and service within its student body.

“It’s a wonderful honor,” said Dolan.

In addition to honoring Dolan, the gala celebrated the remarkable legacies of Ana Barrett and Deacon Jeffrey Sutherland, each retiring this year after 53 and 20 years of teaching, respectively.

“Senora Barrett and Deacon Sutherland helped prepare thousands of Northwest Catholic graduates for their successful future endeavors,” said Dolan.

The event also showcased the generous support of over 50 local partners, including small businesses, civic organizations, and families, whose contributions were prominently featured in the Gala Program.

Reflecting on the overwhelming success of the gala, Williamson emphasized its profound impact on Northwest Catholic’s continued excellence in academics, service, athletics, and the arts.

“The proceeds from an evening like Saturday allow Northwest Catholic High School to continue its outstanding academic, service, athletics, and artistic offerings not only in 2024 but well into the future,” said Williamson.

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