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“An evening of blessings” is how our president, Fr. Robert Sandoz, OFM, described Wednesday, October 11th, as we gathered for our annual President’s Gala at Nanina’s in the Park. Every one of our Galas has been special, however this year was a milestone as we celebrated the successful completion of a decade of urban education here in Newark. Education that has changed the trajectory of hundreds of lives, all for the good.

We were blessed with our largest crowd to date with nearly 300 guests. All were treated to two musical selections by our school chorus to kick off the evening’s festivities.

How blessed we are with the joy and excitement that the great people of Railroad Construction Company have for our students. They are so deserving of this year’s Cristo Rey Award that was presented to them by senior, Christopher Maycock Smith. Anyone in the room could feel the love and commitment that the folks at Railroad Construction Company have for our students.Their impact on our students reaches far beyond their high school years. Even now they employ our graduates!

It is hard to exaggerate the blessings we have received from the evening’s second honoree, Nicholas Grosch. Nick has promoted the mission of our school from the very beginning. He sees this school as the natural successor to his cherished Alma Mater Essex Catholic High School. The growth of our athletic program to 11 sports is due in large part to Nick’s passion and enthusiasm for sports and his great ability to rally the Essex alumni and other friends. There is no wonder why Nick was presented with this year’s President’s AwardShinaola Atoro, CtK (’13) and University of Notre Dame (’17) alum made the presentation to Nick.

There were two additional highlights during the evening. The first was the presentation of a special proclamation by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey in celebration of this milestone year. The second was the special recognition of Mathew Glowski, Ed.E. who recently retired from our board of trustees. We are grateful to Mat for all he has done to advance the mission of our school.

We have been blessed by all who have been with us over these past ten years. And now, we at Cristo Rey Newark High School press on to the next decade of accomplishment where we know that even greater success awaits.

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