Honored: Two Catholic entities were among those honored at the 15th Excellence in Virginia Government Awards on Tuesday, April 26, sponsored by VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Sacred Heart Center, Richmond, received the Community Enhancement Award for “outstanding commitment to improving the quality of community life in Virginia through an established reputation for exceptional community service.”
The school noted the center’s educating and helping vaccinate the region’s Latino community during COVID. “This lifesaving work helped the Latino vaccination rate grow above 80%, the highest in the Richmond region. Sacred Heart Center is Richmond’s premier Latino community center.”
All Saints Catholic School, Richmond, received the Grace E. Harris Leadership Award for making “a discernible, sustainable positive impact on the quality of life in Virginia through public service.”
All Saints was recognized for “its work to prepare students for profound success in high school, college and throughout their adult lives as engaged leaders.”
Good people doing good things I: Salem Knights of Columbus Council 10015 and the Women’s Club of Our Lady of Perpetual Help teamed up to provide five Friday fish fries to the community during Lent. Their work resulted in $3,000, which they donated to the parish toward the purchase of a $10,000 HVAC unit for the church. This was in addition to the $2,000 the Knights had already contributed to the cause.
Good people doing good things II: Peninsula Catholic High School held a fundraiser in which it raised $894.29. The beneficiary of their kindness is St. Michel Parish in Boucan-Carre Haiti, which twins with St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Tabb.