Efforts raise $800,000 in four days

Several local schools participated in a fundraising effort the week of Oct. 19 by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

The effort raised more than $800,000 in just four days, with the help of 300 volunteers from several organizations, including Davis Academy, the Weber School, Greenfield Hebrew Academy, the Epstein School, Yeshiva Atlanta and Torah Day School.

The funds raised will benefit the Community Campaign 2010, which supports 17 affiliate agencies and five outcomes that impact Jewish life in Atlanta and abroad

The 2009 Community Campaign 2009 raised $15.5 million; this year’s goal is $16 million.

St. Pius helps school damaged by flood

St. Pius X High School recently donated $5,000 to a Lilburn school to help replace supplies and textbooks lost during September’s flood. St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School suffered major damage during the flood, forcing its closure for two weeks after the storm.

Each St. Pius student and faculty member was asked to donate at least $5 for the school’s recovery.

“During Hurricane Katrina, I was proud of the manner in which St. Pius reached out and enrolled 30 students who had relocated to the Atlanta area,” said St. Pius principal Steve Spellman. “With the recent Atlanta storms, we once again had the opportunity to reach out to one of our own. … With significant damage throughout their entire school, St. John Neumann needed assistance and once again, St. Pius responded.”

Galloway grads receive CARE award

Megan Maziar and Katherine McKerrow, both 2009 Galloway School graduates, were selected by CARE as recipients of the “Champions of Philanthropy” Award. They raised more than $40,000 for the Save Darfur Coalition by organizing the Concert for Darfur, which featured the Atlanta band Collective Soul.

Maziar and McKerrow contacted students at other Atlanta-area schools in order to strengthen the degree of community involvement and created the Galloway School Save Darfur Corporation, a nonprofit through which the fundraising effort was orchestrated. On March 27, Collective Soul played to a sell-out crowd of 2,500 people at The Tabernacle music hall in downtown Atlanta.