Angel Flight Raises More Than $500,000
On Saturday, September 23, more than 730 Skutt Catholic alumni, faculty, staff and supporters gathered to celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary at the annual Angel Flight fundraising dinner and auction. The special event raised more than $500,000 to support the 770 students attending Skutt Catholic this year.
According to Skutt Catholic president, Jeremy Moore, this year’s landmark event enjoyed record-breaking attendance (up from 500 last year).
“There’s a great energy at the school this year,” said Moore. “Celebrating 25 years as a Skutt Catholic family is coinciding with our highest enrollment to date.”
“The enthusiasm translated into a record-breaking event for Skutt Catholic,” he continued.
“Honoring one of our very first and current faculty members, Keith Engelkamp, along with his wife, Gretchen, was a big draw for our entire community as well,” he said. “The Engelkamps have been spark plugs since the very beginning.”
Keith Engelkamp was one of Skutt Catholic’s first teachers hired by Monsignor James Gilg, the school’s founding president, in 1993. He is an award-winning biology, zoology and physiology teacher, and recently named the 2017 Archdiocese Educator of the Year. Keith coached spring and summer baseball for many years, winning five summer state championships. He now serves as the head coach for softball, and has two state championships in that sport as well. Keith’s love of the game translated into his 25 year labor of love, working to improve both the softball and baseball fields on campus.
Gretchen has served as co-president of the Booster Club, co-president of the Post Prom event and as the cheerleading sponsor for many years. She is known as one of Skutt Catholic’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders. She is both an active volunteer and a vocal supporter of the school’s mission. The Engelkamps were the Honorary Chairpersons for the event.
Silver Anniversary Theme
With a theme of Angel Flight 2017 – All that glitters shines, the school was converted into an elegant venue, complete with valet parking and lampposts lining the walkway to the entrance. Guests were greeted by an 8 foot silver 25 years sign in the commons where silent auction items were displayed. Passage to the gym/ ballroom was draped in black and silver for a walk down memory lane: lighted posters highlighted 25 years of Skutt Catholic history. Booklets featuring a detailed school timeline were on each seat.
Catered by Brandeis Catering, dinner was sliced, roasted tenderloin of beef with a Cabernet reduction sauce and fully loaded stuffed chicken breast, served with green beans with red pepper strips and red skin bliss potatoes. Dessert was chocolate raspberry mousse torte and New York cheesecake with a lemon coulis.
General chairs for the 2017 Angel Flight event were Mark and Johna Duren, Ken and Bridget Kramer, and Nick and Kathy Steinbach. Plans are already underway for the 2018 event. General chairs for the next Angel Flight are Mike and Kristina Agostino, Cory and Molly Brinker, Paula and Bill Lonie, and Ty and Soledad Wells.
V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School, a secondary educational institution of the Archdiocese of Omaha, serves the teaching mission of the Catholic Church by providing a quality co-educational high school program rooted in the historic Catholic tradition for young people in Omaha and surrounding communities. Since opening in 1993, Skutt Catholic has fulfilled its mission to form and educate young men and women to become Christian leaders who empower others, promote justice and initiate change. Visit SkuttCatholic.com to learn how we prepare our students to soar.