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Christendom’s senior Class of 2020 has raised over $4,000 for the annual Senior Class Gift, electing to use all of the funds for Christendom’s new Christ the King Chapel. The seniors raised funds throughout the academic year — including virtually during the spring semester — in order to give back to their soon-to-be alma mater in a meaningful way.

Each year, the college’s senior class raises funds for the Senior Class Gift through a variety of fundraising events. This year’s senior class, led by class president Abigail Gaus, vice president Chris Culbreath, and treasurer Mikaela Bailey, began their fundraising the same way as classes before by hosting a Senior Benefit Concert, selling Christmas trees, and more. They were well on track to raise one of the largest class gifts in years before Christendom’s campus was closed in March and classes moved online.

Despite losing key fundraising efforts like the annual Mystery Dinner Theater event and popular Auction Dinners, the seniors came together to design new ways to raise money from home. Thanks to sponsorships from Heisler Hardwood Floors and the Apple House restaurant, the seniors were able to create raffle baskets and invited students and parents to buy tickets online, ultimately raising an additional $1,076.

In the end, the seniors raised a total of $4,020 over the course of the academic year, a total that director of student activities Marilyn Charba was impressed by, considering the tumultuous spring semester.

“This senior class really came together in an extraordinary way this year, especially this semester,” said Charba. “After everything they went through and the key fundraising events they lost, they still raised thousands of dollars as a gift to the college. This was truly a huge success.”

The money raised will go towards purchasing votive candles for the Our Lady of Fatima side chapel in the new Chapel. Once it is complete, a dedication inscription plaque honoring the Class of 2020 will be included on the votive candle stand.

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