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DeMatha Express- October 5th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Several DeMatha students attended a panel discussion at Georgetown University on Monday that focused on the theme 'Lives Worthy Of Respect.' The Catholic Standard wrote a recap of the event. Link.

  • DeMatha is holding it's annual Walk-a-Thon today in Hyattsville in order to raise money for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as walking to show solidarity with those who have suffered in the destruction. There will be a photo gallery of the event next week.

  • Freshman Felipe Tassara volunteered at the NCEA gala last weekend and met Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Here is a picture of them together. Link.

  • DeMatha is holding a Coat Drive on campus until Oct. 20. Please bring gently used coats to the main lobby.
Prayers Requested:
  • For the victims of the senseless shootings in Las Vegas.
In Memoriam:
  • Alex Duran, brother of Fernando '07. There will be two viewings on Friday at Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater, Md., from 2- 4pm and 6-8 pm. The funeral service is at 11am on Saturday at Kalas with internment shortly thereafter.

  • Charles Klotz, father of Bill '81, grandfather of Kevin '07 and Andrew '13, and father-in-law of Mark Mose '81. Obituary.

  • Stella Redmiles, mother of former Stag Glenn and grandmother of Donald '06.

  • Zaire Kelly, former DM student. Brother of Zion.
Athletics:
  • DeMatha football hosts Gonzaga on Friday at 7 pm. The Stags are 4-1 so far on the season. The Washington Post ranked DeMatha No. 1 among the local area high school football teams. Link. Watch the game here: Link.

  • Rodney McLeod Jr. '08 was featured in an article in Penn Live on how his return from a brief injury stint is a big help for the Philadelphia Eagles. Link.

  • Senior Anthony Toro committed to play college football at the University of Delaware.

  • Senior Anthony Hill committed to play college football at Old Dominion.

  • Senior Austin Fontaine was named to the 2018 Under Armour All-American football game.

  • DeMatha cross country finished third overall as a team at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday. All seven varsity runners finished in the Top 50 and all earned awards. The team will next race in the Glory Days Grill Invitational at Bull Run Regional Park in Virginia on Saturday.

  • DeMatha soccer lost a road matchup to Salesianum School 4-0 last Thursday, but rebounded with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday over Bishop O'Connell High School. Senior Justin Gielen scored two goals and had an assist in the victory. The team is now 4-6-1 on the season and will travel on the road to face St. Mary's Ryken High School on Friday and Bishop McNamara High School on Tuesday. DM is undefeated in conference play.

  • DeMatha crew will race in the Occoquan Challenge on Sunday in Lorton, Va.
Alumni News:
  • Timothy Gough '78 is the new chief executive officer of Bay Capital Mortgage. Bay Capital now has nine alums on the payroll.

  • Danny Ferry '85 will be inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame on Oct. 12. Danny will also be honored with the St. John de Matha Medal for his support of DeMatha on Dec. 15.

  • Damien Stewart '88 is set to present oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 10th. The case is Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, and Damien is representing Chicago. Link.

  • Nick Weaver '98 and his wife, Georgia, welcomed their second child, Bryce Francis Weaver, earlier this year. Bryce's older brother is John.

  • James Kent '99 and his wife Andrew welcomed their son, Bruckner Aloysius Kent, on Sept. 23. Aloysius was James' grandfather's name. He hopes it won't cause too much controversy since it's also named after DeMatha's rival school, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.

  • Will Mitchell '07 will race in the Marine Corp Marathon on Oct. 22 and is raising money for the non-profit veterans organization, NS2 Serves, which helps veterans find employment in software solutions. Support Will and donate to this organization: Donate.

  • Raheem Cardwell '09 has a new job as a client support analyst at Future Industry Association Technological Services.

  • John Gallagher '10 works as a sales and leasing associate with Hyatt Commercial Real Estate in Annapolis, MD.

  • Reggie Gardner '17 was featured in an article in The Herald Sun on NC Central basketball. Link.

  • James Morris '17 started his freshman year at Mount St. Mary's and is in the University's Third Century Scholars program: Link.

  • Joseph Towns '17, a freshman at Hampton University, was featured in a recent piece by HerCampus: Link.
Events:
  • Purse BINGO to benefit the Crew Team. Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Antler Room (Cafeteria) 7-10pm. $20 for 20 Games, cash only, door prizes, multiple raffles, subs, pizza, desserts, cold beverages and a jackpot too! Doors open at 6pm.

  • Instrumental Music Booster Gala Fundraiser: Kaleidoscope: Join us on Sat., Oct 14, at 7:30 pm, as four esteemed music directors and over 200 young musicians come together to form 10 specialized ensembles performing popular, light musical pieces across three separate stages in the LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center. This is the sixth annual Kaleidoscope Concert. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., enjoy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and a cash bar while supporting the DeMatha Instrumental Music Program. Advertise your business and support our musicians in our Playbill. Order tickets now at the link: Link.

  • 2017 DeMatha Hall of Fame Ceremony: Sun., Oct. 29 from 2:30-6pm. See link for more information: Pay Online.
Misc. Information:
  • Want to join the DeMatha Alumni Association? Annual Memberships are $25 or a Lifetime Membership is $100. To pay your dues online use this link and designate Alumni Association/Pay Dues. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Teresa Farrell at tfarrell@dematha.org: Pay Dues Online.

  • A Blue Topaz DeMatha Class of 2011 ring was found on ShopGoodWill.com: Link. If you know whose ring this is, contact Tom Ponton at tponton@dematha.org
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
  • Please stand with DeMatha in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is our 4th year to partner with The Red Devils out of Baltimore. Their mission is to fund support services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families. See their impact at www.the-red-devils.org and help by purchasing our full-zip Pink Hoodie for $40. Available online or in store: Purchase Online.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
tponton@dematha.org
240-764-2222
Postscript
From the Office of Advancement:
E-mail Father James recently received from the parent of a recent graduate:


Dear Father James and DM Faculty and Staff,

How could we ever put into words our gratitude for the past four years? There are not enough words to describe the love, dedication and care given to our young men through all of you.

Although I witnessed your influence on our son during the past four years, I see it even more as he begins his life in college. He continues to grow right before our eyes, thanks to the groundwork that was laid at DeMatha, and we notice such an incredible difference
between him and even his roommates. You have made an indelible mark forever on this young man.

We will be forever grateful for all that you've done for our son and our family. May God continue to bless the works of your hands. You will always be in our prayers.
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God Bless,

TP