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Loyola presents proceeds from relief concert to Catholic Charities

June 24, 2011

L to R: Donald R. Boomgaarden, Helen Smith, Director of Development and Gordon R. Wadge, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, recently presented a check for $5,600 to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. The proceeds came from a benefit concert at Loyola by renowned pianist George Winston, who wished to assist Catholic Charities and the people of New Orleans in recovering from the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

According to Boomgaarden, the event was a great example of Loyola’s mission of teaching students to be men and women with and for others.

“The goal of Jesuit higher education is not just to provide an academic experience of the highest quality to our students, but to reach out to the community and assist in its transformation,” said Boomgaarden. “George Winston, Catholic Charities and Loyola worked together to support a worthy humanitarian cause – an effort totally in keeping with this basic and important precept.”

To date, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans has provided $896,300 in food assistance and $460,132 in direct financial assistance to 39,710 fishermen and their families along the coast. Mental health counselors have logged 14,492 visits with those struggling to cope with the disaster. Case managers continue to help fishermen with the often-confusing and time consuming claims process.

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