Sports Night gala raises money for Catholic school

The North Side Friends and Neighbors honored Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle and Tim Carey, merchandise director for the Pittsburgh Steelers, with its North Side Hall of Fame Award at the 18th Annual Gala Pittsburgh Sports Night Nov. 11 at the UPMC Club of Heinz Field.

The fund-raiser benefits Northside Catholic School on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

“We are blessed to have an organization that cares about our families,” said Rosanne Kwiatkowski, principal of Northside Catholic. “The success of the dinner ensures that Catholic education will remain on the North Side.”

Also addressing the gathering was Emily Butler, president of the school’s student council.

In noting that some $1.4 million has been raised by the dinner, Bishop David Zubik pointed out that the gift of a Catholic education is a heritage that is passed from one generation to the next. He said that Pope Francis has reminded us of our call to invest in youth, with our gifts of time, talent, energy and love.

“True joy comes from serving others,” he said. It is the mission, he noted, of the North Side Friends and Neighbors.

The bishop added that when we invest in youth, we are also teaching them what true joy is, and what it can accomplish.

Hurdle spoke of the importance of modeling good behavior to young people, adding, “It’s up to us to take action for the next generation.”

The North Side Friends and Neighbors Committee is co-chaired by Dan Rooney, Steelers chairman, and Kevin McClatchy, former Pirates owner.

In addition to the awards, the evening featured appearances by current and former Steelers and former Pirates. It also featured silent and live auctions, raffles and music.

Northside Catholic was formed in 2011 as a merger of Cardinal Wright Regional and St. Cyril of Alexandria schools. It is located in the former St. Cyril of Alexandria building.

It has seven sponsoring parishes: St. Aloysius, Reserve Township; St. Cyril of Alexandria; Most Holy Name of Jesus in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood; St. Peter, North Side; Risen Lord in the city’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood; Incarnation of the Lord in the Observatory Hill/Perry North neighborhood; and Holy Wisdom in Pittsburgh’s North Side/Spring Hill neighborhood.

More information is available at www.northsidecatholicschool.org.