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St. Joe party a financial success

Apr. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The 17th annual Luck O' the Irish Celebration was held Saturday night at Pullman Plaza Hotel, helping to raise thousands of the dollars for St. Joseph Central Catholic High School.

Karri Sarka Fischer, the advancement director at the school, called the fundraiser the "baby of the school."

That, combined with the fall reverse raffle, pay the operating costs for the high school.

"You just can't survive on tuition alone," Fischer said.

The Irish Celebration, she said, usually brings in $15,000 to $20,000, thanks to an extended school family that includes the Catholic church community, alumni and local businesses.

Dr. Paul Blair, whose four children all graduated from St. Joe, has continued to support the school.

"I see it as a return on investment," Blair said, noting that two of his daughters received appointments to the Air Force Academy, while two others received thousands in scholarship money to attend private Catholic universities.

"This is a college prep high school," he said.

Fischer also wanted to thank the numerous donors who provided thousands of dollars in items for the live and silent auctions, even items from the students and teachers.

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