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DeMatha Express- November 21st
cglowacki@dematha.org
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Stag Nite is Tomorrow, Nov. 22. Doors will open in the Antler Room at 5 pm (New Time) with food being served at 6 pm, our guest Joe Jacoby speaking around 7:15 pm and the event ending at 10 pm. At 4 pm, the varsity basketball team will scrimmage in the (LT) SEAL Brendan Looney '99 Convocation Center (vs Flint Hill, VA). Tickets are $40 and you can buy them online today UP UNTIL NOON: Link. Purchased tickets will be held at the door at the time of the event. NOTE: There will tickets for sale at the door tomorrow.
  • The latest issue of the Red & Blue Magazine is out. Note: the contributions recognized are from the period July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017. In the event that you find an error, please e-mail tfarrell@dematha.org and we will issue a correction.
  • A big thank you to faculty members Ms. Erin Bright and Ms. Julie Penndorf and the entire DeMatha communty as over 13,000 cans were donated in the annual Food Drive. Thank you!
  • We're now looking forward to our annual Toy Drive! We collect unwrapped, non-violent toys for boys or girls from toddler-12 yrs and donate them to two different charities every year. Drop off in the main lobby will start Tues., Nov. 28.
  • Junior Clayton Strathman officially achieved the Eagle Scout rank at his Eagle Scout ceremony on Sunday at Holy Redeemer.
  • The Bress family was featured on The Today Show last week for Worldwide Adoption Day! Nathan is a freshman at DM. Link.
Prayers Requested:
  • Mrs. Frances Vogel, mother of Skip '83 and Kevin '89.
Athletics:
  • The first basketball game of the season against Eleanor Roosevelt has been moved to Wed., Dec. 6. The date was originally listed as Thurs., Dec. 7 in the fall edition of the Red & Blue Review.
  • DeMatha hockey defeated Calvert Hall 10-0 on Nov. 17 and tied St. Augustine Prep 2-2 on Nov. 20 to improve to 5-1-1 on the season. The team next hosts St. Albans on Wed., Nov. 22 at 10 am and then St. John's on Wed., Nov. 29 at 4 pm at Gardens Ice House in Laurel.
  • DeMatha swimming improved to 2-1 with a 114-30 win over Edmund Burke on Nov. 20. The team will next face Paul VI and Rockbridge County at Trinity College on Tues., Nov. 28.
  • Rodney McLeod '08 had an interception and three tackles in the Philadelphia Eagles 37-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
  • Cam Phillips '14 became the all-time receiving yards record holder in Virginia Tech history on Sat., Nov. 18 in the Hokies' 20-14 win over Pitt. Watch his highlights from the game at the link: Video.
  • Jamal Robinson '14, a senior on the University of Albany football team, won the Todd J. Clark Memorial Award, named for CBA grad and Army Lt. Col. who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013.
  • Congrats to senior Ty Lenhart for committing to play football next year at Columbia University!
  • Congrats to seniors Timmy Pyne and Will Glick who will play baseball next year at Ursinus College and Greensboro College, respectively.
  • Lucas Farmer '13 won the Rehoboth Men's Club Golf Championship and completed his series 7 and series 66 License.
Alumni News:
  • Melvin Rogers '04 is the operations manager for Burlington Stores, Inc. in Parkville, MD.
  • Emil Mentz '06, son of faculty member Ms. Virginia Mentz, married his wife Kirby Beal in South Carolina on Nov. 11. Several other Stags were in attendance.
  • Davis Hay '13 is working on the assurance staff at Ernest & Young in Charleston, WV.
Events:
  • After Stag Nite on Wednesday, the members of the Higher Education Band will be holding their 4th annual 'Night Before Thanksgiving Show' at Looney's Pub in College Park, MD. Peter Devaney '06, lead vocals for Higher Education, invites all Stag Nite attendees to keep the party going at Looney's Pub. Higher Education will perform along with local support from Wiseeyes, Hayley Fahey Band, and Brian Harris. The show is from 9pm-1am. Join us for a night of celebration and live music!
  • 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Tues. Dec 5 at 6pm followed by a reception in the Alumni Lounge. Please RSVP to tfarrell@dematha.org if you are able to attend.
Calling all Amazon Shoppers:
  • If you use Amazon to make purchases, please consider using AmazonSmile. A small percentage, 0.5%, of the purchase will be donated to DeMatha. The next time you shop on amazon.com, simply type smile.amazon.com and select DeMatha Catholic High School as your charitable organization. Thank you for your support.
Miscellaneous:
  • Chris Underwood '97, real estate investor & owner of The Underwood Group, just completed a new construction property directly behind the DeMatha campus on 43rd Avenue in the Arts District. Check out the property at the link: Link.
Spirit Wear Item of the Week:
You can always count on the DeMatha Stag Store to have the perfect stocking stuffers! From socks to hats to these warm Flannel Plaid Pajama Pants! 4.3-ounce, 100% ring spun combed cotton with elastic waistband. $30: Pay Online.
That is all.

Thomas Ponton
Director of Advancement
tponton@dematha.org
240-764-2222
Postscript
From the Office of Advancement:
Here at Thanksgiving we want to thank everyone for their support in this year and in the past as well. Trying to convey our sincere appreciation is most difficult. As we like to say, "We cannot thank you enough." We hope you and your family have a nice Thanksgiving.

We think it is appropriate to include, once again, this piece that ran on Thanksgiving on CBS a few years ago that moved our own James Brown '69 to tears right after it aired. Here is the story once more: Video.

From our brief interview with James at the time:

Why did it move him so?

"I was feeling the pain of the mother and I was close with my mother. To watch the mother go through the process and bless others. I felt as if I was there." James continued, "They showed us the piece before we went on the air and I lost it and I thought to myself, 'Okay, you got that out of the way.' Then the piece actually aired and I lost it again."

James said after the story ran he heard from many people, most touched that James had showed his human side. "The response was overwhelming," he said.
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God Bless,

TP