The Lewiston community is fortunate to have escaped the latest round of diocesan cuts to Catholic schools throughout Western New York. Now, it is rallying around St. Peter R.C. School on Center Street.
On Saturday, March 22, the St. Peter's Home School Association is hosting its annual dinner and gala, titled an "Angelic Evening." It hopes to raise more than $60,000 to keep Catholic education alive and affordable in the Lewiston area. Gifts to be auctioned following dinner include diamond jewelry, a time-share vacation, adventure trips on the Niagara River, and many interesting hotel stays and dinners, including a dinner for eight at the rectory with the pastor.
Businesses and members of the Lewiston community stepped up with these and many other donations for the evening.
The event offers an extensive basket auction, which is open to the public at the Sheridan Four Points, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, from noon to 3 p.m. The sold-out dinner will begin at 5 p.m. at Sheridan Four Points.
Pictured, junior high students Lauren McGrath, David Reilly and Makayla Rosini are shown with a Niagara Jet Adventures poster. Mike Fox of Niagara Jet Adventures donated a ride for a party of 30 guests at his new jet boat operation, which debuts this spring. It is one of the many auction items to be offered at the gala. Looking on are "Signature" donors, from left, Cathy Blood, Jessica Zelman of Mark Cerrone Construction, The Rev. David LiPuma, Fox, Donna Thomson of Sage Properties and Lisa Aquino of Treichler & Sons Greenhouses.
In 2013, St. Peter's middle school was ranked one of the top performing junior high schools in Western New York by Business First.