By Michael Gresham
The Texas Catholic
In offering a prayer of thanks for the opportunity to promote the Lord’s cause, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell on Oct. 22 called on those in attendance at the 2014 Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner to do their part in helping to provide a Catholic education to students who otherwise would not be able to afford one.
Bishop Farrell praised Bishop Dunne Catholic School’s mission and “great spirit” in serving a vital role in its community.
“Bishop Dunne is the glue that brings together the whole community,” he said. “It is there that we will educate and we will solve many of the social ills of our community.”
The Bishop Dunne 100, held this year at the Hilton Anatole Dallas, is an annual event that raises money for student tuition assistance. The honorary chairs for the event were Kelly and Wade McClure.
Bishop Dunne President Kate Dailey echoed the bishop’s sentiments, citing the school’s efforts be an inclusive school offering individualized and rigorous instruction in order for all students to be successful in college and in life.
“So many children in Dallas are under-served, and with the opportunity for a rigorous education in a supportive environment, they can thrive,” Dailey said. “These students have the opportunity to achieve their dreams.”
The evening was highlighted by speeches from Oliver Luck, a former NFL quarterback and current athletic director for West Virginia University, and Judge Mary Brown, a 1978 graduate of Bishop Dunne, both of whom touted the benefits of Catholic school education.
The 2014 Voyager Award, an honor presented annually at the dinner, recognized the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Sister Mary Anne Owens, SSND, provincial leader of the Central Pacific Province, accepted the award on behalf of the order.