Academy of the Holy Names Senior Raises $12,000 for St. Catherine's
Ava LedDuke, a senior at Academy of the Holy Names school, raised more than $12,000 to support St. Catherine's Center for Children in a Cabaret for Kids benefit show at the Holy Names Campus Arts Center on April 8. LedDuke produced and appeared in the Cabaret, which was her senior year project.
LedDuke learned about St. Catherine's through visits to the agency's residential group home, Copson House. She came away impressed with the program, and became determined to support the agency with her senior year community service project.
An audience of several hundred supporters packed the Campus Arts Center at Academy of the Holy Names to enjoy the caberet. Guests were treated to an evening of entertainment that featured more than 30 performers. They enjoyed an eclectic range of music that spanned the decades, ranging from popular songs featured in Broadway classics to contemporary hits!
Among the guests were children from St. Catherine's, who enjoyed the rare opportunity to see live performers on stage. In fact, that was Ava's goal: to raise money for St. Catherine's, and offer children the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of the performing arts.
"My primary goal was to help raise money to support St. Catherine's Center for Children," said LedDuke, "but I also wanted to immerse children in the dazzling world of musical theatre. Theatre can be such an unforgettable and life-changing experience. I wanted them to leave with an appreciation for the theatre, and I hope they did!"
LedDuke exceeded her goal for the benefit cabaret by more than $2,000.