Christendom’s senior class made an annual tradition virtual this year, performing the Senior Benefit Concert on the college’s YouTube page in order to raise money for the senior class gift. Students, faculty, staff, and families all donated, with the concert ultimately raising over a thousand dollars for the college.

The Senior Benefit Concert features a variety of musical performances each year, with the concert usually taking place during the college’s Parents Weekend. Due to campus restrictions however because of COVID-19, Parents Weekend was postponed this semester, requiring the seniors to get more creative.

After a number of parents expressed the desire to still see their children perform, the heads of the senior class decided to change the format of the concert for the first time by live-streaming it online. As a result, parents and families were able to virtually join the rest of campus in enjoying the concert, ultimately raising even more funds than last year as a result.

“The seniors raised just over $1260 at the Senior Benefit Concert, a higher amount than was raised last year,” says Director of Student Activities Marilyn Charba. “It’s pretty impressive that they still raised more even though they didn’t have the financial support from in-person families who were here for Parents Weekend. I’m impressed at not only the creativity of this senior class, but the resiliency as well in coming up with new solutions to make this event happen as successfully as possible.”

The amount raised comes in addition to other fundraising efforts undertaken by the senior class, with close to $2,000 already raised just over a month into the fall semester.

The senior class gift is an annual fundraising effort, with past classes raising funds for various projects around campus. Previous gifts have included the scoreboard on Crusader Fields, a votive candle stand for the new Christ the King Chapel, a new dock for St. Brendan’s Landing on the Shenandoah River, and other campus enhancements.

People are still welcome to donate to the senior class gift here.

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