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March 26, 2007


Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) will host its annual fundraising gala to benefit Catholic school students. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will lead the gala and Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will deliver the invocation.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
The Crystal Tea Room ~ Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East

Latricia Whitfield, a senior from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, and Eric Banecker, a senior from Roman Catholic High School for Boys, will emcee the evening's festivities. Students from Archbishop Ryan School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments will recite the special education prayer. A student from Sacred Heart Parish School (South Philadelphia) will sing the National Anthem.

Entertainment for the gala will be provided by Catholic school students including the Archdiocesan High School Brass Ensemble and String Quartet, Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School Dinner Theater Group and the Archdiocesan Bicentennial Choir, which will sing a preview of the musical selections from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Pilgrimage to the National Shrine.

BLOCS, now under the direction of Deacon John K. Hunter, is committed to raising financial assistance for families that wish to provide their children with a value-based, Catholic education, regardless of race, religion, or nationality.

Former BLOCS Chairman H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, a philanthropist and President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lenfest Group, will introduce Michael G. O'Neill, Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Real Estate Investments, Inc., as the new BLOCS chairman.

For more information on the annual fundraising gala, please call 215-587-0590 or visit

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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