St. Edward and St. Ignatius High Schools will use their historic rivalry to benefit the needy at two upcoming Eagles versus Wildcats basketball games. On Saturday, January 18 at St. Edward at 7:30 p.m. – and Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius – attendees will be able to make financial donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland, which helps the poor through its charitable programs and services. This is the first time the two rival Catholic boys high schools have joined forces to benefit SVDP Cleveland. For more information, contact SVDP Cleveland at 216-696-6525, ext. 3150.
“We are grateful that these two outstanding schools are taking their rivalry to new heights by using it to help those less fortunate,” said John Litten, SVDP Cleveland executive director. “Every dollar of the donations collected at both games will be used to help over 200,000 needy people who seek our services each year. It’s truly inspiring to see these schools join together in the name of something greater.”
Established in 1865, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Cleveland is a local human service and welfare organization of neighborhood volunteer groups residing in participating parishes (“Conferences”) throughout the Diocese of Cleveland’s eight-county service area. Volunteers (“Vincentians”) provide immediate, temporary emergency direct assistance to those in need, regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Last year alone, some 200,000 low-income individuals received more than $4 million in aid, which included food donations from SVDP’s food pantries (Ozanam Centers), clothing, furniture, back-to-school supplies and assistance with utilities. SVDP’s central office is located at 1404 East Ninth Street, Cleveland. For more information, call 216.696.6525, ext. 3150 or http://www.svdpcle.org.