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June 22, 2000


Don Guanella Village will mark 40 years of service to the community with a concert and a homecoming reunion this weekend. Don Guanella is an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school in Springfield, Delaware County for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.

The concert will feature Chris Burke, a 1986 alumnus and the first actor with Down Syndrome to have a major role in a television series (Life Goes On) as well as Jeff Civillico, International Junior Juggler of the Year and the Don Guanella Wise Guys singers. Proceeds from the concert will help to refurbish the kitchen in one of the cottages.

Friday, June 23, 2000
7:00 p.m.
Don Guanella School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County

The homecoming reunion on Saturday includes activity booths, hay rides and softball.

Saturday, June 24, 2000
11:00 a.m.
Concludes with Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Don Guanella School was one of five special education schools founded by the late John Cardinal O'Hara. Since the school opened in 1960, more than 700 persons with mental retardation have benefitted from the education provided at Don Guanella.


Donna Crilley
Communications Specialist

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