Chaminade Travels to Washington, D.C.

Every four years, Chaminade students have the opportunity to witness history in person when they attend the Presidential Inauguration. Last week, 35 students in grades 9 to 12 and four members of the Chaminade faculty and staff traveled to Washington, D.C. for Close Up’s 2017 Inauguration program.

The group’s civic education includes study visits to the Lincoln memorial, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, and more. The trip culminates with Inauguration Day on Friday, January 20, 2017. They will watch the swearing-in of the 45th president and vice president, the inaugural address, the inaugural parade, and attend Close Up’s Inaugural Ball.

Chaminade’s trip to the nation’s capital also provided them with the opportunity to visit with Chaminade alumnus and Duke University senior Kevin Lewallyn ’13.

Share your All Souls’ Day prayer requests with the Marianist Community at Chaminade

img_7433Dear Chaminade Family,

Each year at this season, the Chaminade Marianist Community is closely joined in interest and concern with all members of the Chaminade College Preparatory family. November is a time to share with one another the memory of relatives, friends, former teachers and students who have been called by God to that eternal life we all hope to share.

All Souls’ Day, November 2, is a way for each one of us to remember our departed loved ones. To make our prayers more specific and significant, we invite you to submit the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.) We will place these names on the altar in our Marianist community chapel and remember them as we celebrate the Eucharist throughout the month of November.

Let this be our offering to you. We are grateful for your continuing friendship and are privileged to minister to you through this on-going Chaminade tradition.

Please visit our website to fill out the form with the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.)

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58
Chaminade Chaplain

Homecoming Victory for the Eagles

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photo by: Christopher Mora

After a bye week, the Chaminade Eagles hosted the Loyola Cubs at Booster Stadium for Homecoming. On its first offensive possession of the game, the Eagles scored a touchdown with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter. At halftime, the score was 35-0, Eagles.

Chaminade improved to 4-2 with its 42-0 Mission League win over Loyola. Next up for the Eagles is an away game against the Alemany Warriors. Kick off at 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the victory, festivities included spirit activities and rallies for students at both campuses throughout the week. Theses events culminated in the crowning of a Homecoming King and Queen, Lawrence Hwang ’17 and Catherine Dauw ’17.img_9876

Homecoming was also Reunion Weekend for Chaminade alumni from the Classes of 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, and 1996 (the Classes of 1956 and 2006 celebrated their reunions earlier this year). Class parties were held on Saturday evening, but Reunion Weekend started with the football game on Friday night. Before the game began, Golden Eagles (alumni who graduated from Chaminade 50 or more years ago) stood on the Deep Blue C and were introduced to the crowd. Alumni from all years gathered in the end zone to cheer on their football team and catch-up.

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Golden Eagles

Chaminade Hosts 32nd Annual Golf Tournament

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The 32nd Annual Golf Tournament was held at Woodland Hills Country Club on Monday, September 19. More than 100 golfers on 28 teams came out to support Chaminade College Preparatory and the school’s tuition assistance program.

They started out the day with breakfast, a putting contest, and perusing over two dozen prizes, including tickets to Disneyland, a spa day at Four Seasons Westlake Village, and signed items from Chaminade alumni athletes Logan Paulsen ’05, Kevin Pillar ’07, and Blake Rutherford ’16. Golfers took to the course at the 11:00 a.m. shotgun start, where they enjoyed BBQ lunches, contests, and beverage service provided by volunteers.

The day concluded with cocktail hour, a live auction, dinner, and awards. Current parent and tournament participant Ron Pivo served as Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer. Thank you to Todd Stevens and Family, Joe Heath and Family, and Drai’s Nightclub Las Vegas for making the live auction the highlight of the evening. After dinner, the tournament awards were announced with Andy Kawatra ’06, Glen Scher and Stuart Fagan taking First Place for the second year in a row.

This tournament was made possible by our event sponsors Community Bank, EPIC and Mike Lynn ’75, Gothic Landscape, Marie McDonough and Family, and Network AutoBody and the Fasone Family. Thank you to our tee sponsors and underwriters, especially to Joe Fabian and the Class of 1982 for sponsoring the beer, gift bag sponsor Great Scott Tree Service, and Tenuta Vineyards for providing tournament prizes.

Thank you to the 2016 Golf Committee (Joe Fabian ’82, Joe Heath, JM Kenny, Jennifer and Kevin Murkey ’94, Erin Sullivan, Tina Miller, Kyle Pearson ’11, and Leah Wagner) for helping plan this wonderful day and to all the amazing volunteers who kept things running smoothly.

Kevin Pillar ’07 Nominated for Clemente Award

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Kevin Pillar ’07 in a March 2016 game (photo: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Ever wonder if Apostolic Works stays with you once you graduate from Chaminade? The short answer is, “Yes!”

Alumni often reflect back on cherished Chaminade experiences when they meet President Rob Webb, and these stories more often than not include service projects and their impact. As Mr. Webb pointed out in the spring/summer issue of Chaminade Now, “Many alumni say they continue to seek out service opportunities well after they leave Chaminade because helping others continues to profoundly touch their lives.”

Kevin Pillar ’07 is one of those alumni. The Toronto Blue Jays’ center fielder was recently nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the  Major League Baseball (MLB) player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Pillar and his wife, Amanda are active with charitable organizations in Toronto. In addition, Pillar has set-up an MLB Action Team at Chaminade, which will help high school students to “plan and organize volunteer events in and around their schools.”

Read more about Pillar and his nomination on the Toronto Sun website.