GOOD NEWS: Holy Cross Catholic High School makes an impact

Black & Gold Ball attendees the Bishop and Holy Cross Catholic High School students. (Courtesy Photo)

The school year may have been winding down, but Holy Cross Catholic High School (HCCHS) had an eventful month of May.

On May 7, Holy Cross accepted a donation from the annual Double Eagle Charities event, Cook Off For Kids. HCCHS was selected as one of the two recipients for the event.

Double Eagle Charities, Inc. was formed in 2017 as the charitable arm of Double Eagle, with the purpose of giving back to the communities of Fort Worth and West Texas. The event gave the opportunity for HCCHS to speak about the school’s story, mission, needs and student achievements. HCCHS received a check in the amount of $156,000.

“The pandemic has hit Holy Cross Catholic High School very hard, just like many other non-profit organizations. We are so very blessed that Double Eagle, as well as the local philanthropic community, have helped us immensely. The Double Eagle event truly shows an organization that gives back to the community as great corporate citizens” Holy Cross Catholic High School Board President, Brad Gibson said.

Not only was HCCHS excited to spread the word about completing their second year at the Cook Off For Kids event, but they were also preparing for their own fundraiser, the second annual Black & Gold Ball. Even with all the uncertainty from the pandemic of whether the event could be held, the community provided outpouring support in attendance and fundraising. All proceeds of the event went to benefit HCCHS.

The Black & Gold Ball was held at The Way Retreat Center, on May 15. The evening provided great food, drink, silent and live auctions and dancing to live music. The honorary co-chair sponsors for the event this year were Sondra and Toby Eoff of Odessa, and Brenda and Travis Stice of Midland.

Stice expressed the importance of a Catholic high school here in the Permian Basin and introduced one of Holy Cross’ students, Alejandro Hinojos. Hinojos is a junior at HCCHS and he spoke of his experience at Holy Cross and how it has transformed his life.

“With two very successful fundraisers, we are incredibly grateful, especially following 2020” Gibson said “The Black & Gold Ball was chaired by a dedicated group of folks who have a heart for kids and believe in the power of education to transform lives.”

“This year has definitely been complicated and filled with uncertainties, but through it all we have been blessed with community members who stepped up and ensured that we continue with our mission to educate the young people of the Permian Basin. Our Holy Cross family continues to be blessed with the generosity of our community. We thank them for gifting us their prayers and their commitment to our school.” Carolyn Gonzalez, Holy Cross Catholic High School, Head of School, said.