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January 2019



Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

January Alumnae Highlights

Class of 2018 Tartans Come Home - January 10, 2019

Tartans in Philadelphia!


On Saturday, January 26, The Academy of the Holy Cross will host an alumnae gathering at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant (247 S 17th Street) from 6:30-8:30 pm. If you are living in the area or visiting the city, be sure to come by for a meet and greet with President Katy Prebble. Spouses and significant others are welcome. Kindly RSVP to Allison Stacy ( by Sunday, January 20.  We look forward to seeing you in Philly!

Holy Cross Fund


The Academy of the Holy Cross has always been blessed by dedicated alumnae whose support is as crucial today as it was in the past. We are all in different stages in life yet there is one commonality, we support a special sisterhood – "The Ladies of the Academy!"

Thanks to this community, the Holy Cross heritage, faith-filled values and education continues. As the Alma Mater says, "Pledging our fidelity" – we pledge our faithfulness in Holy Cross by demonstrating continued loyalty and support. What better way to support than with a gift. Say thank you in honor of a special teacher, coach, or friend. This year's goal is $600,000—we are about one-third of the way there. Please consider a donation before the end of the year (May 31) and help keep Holy Cross Strong!


"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

–Winston Churchill  

Cookies With Santa 2018


(L-R) Back Row: Lauren Keely '11, Sofia Alfonso '11, Jessica McLaren '11, Allison Stacy '11; Front Row: Caitlin McNickle '11, Danielle McWhirter '11


There is always an abundance of delicious cookies, crafts, elves, and adorable children on hand for the annual "Cookies with Santa." This year Santa arrived on Sunday, December 9 to continue a Christmas tradition that is one of our most popular alumnae events. Thanks to our student ambassadors and young alumnae for donning their elf caps and volunteering to make the day special for Santa and our guests!

2019 Benefit Auction & Gala

Save the Date for our 2019 Benefit Auction & Gala "The Masquerade: A Night to Remember"! This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019. We would love to fill the event with alumnae! This fun-filled evening is open to all and directly benefits our girls! There are always wonderful auction items, raffles, food and drink!


If you would like to make a contribution (tickets, vacation getaways, gift certificates) or if you would like to participate by being a sponsor, advertiser or underwriter, then please contact Beth Boylan at or (301) 942-2100 ext. 263. Invitations will be sent by email in late February.


Class of 2018, Tartans Come Home

We are looking forward to seeing the Class of 2018 back on campus for our annual "Tartans Come Home" on Thursday, January 10. Registration begins at 1:30 pm, the program begins at 2:00 pm. We are very excited to see you and hear about your college experience! Please contact Director of College Counseling Kelly Fitzpatrick or Kathleen Bula in the Alumnae Office if you have any questions. See you on Thursday, January 10!


And don't forget to fulfill your Young Tartans Giving Club pledges when you return. It is only a $5 commitment. Help the Young Tartans Give Back Club and inspire current students to follow in your footsteps and to show leadership in women's philanthropy.


Want to fulfill your pledge early? Venmo @ahcdonations

The Legacy Circle

A new year is the perfect time to get organized! If you are in the process of planning or finalizing your estate in 2019, consider adding Holy Cross as a beneficiary. There are many ways to remember the Academy in your plans – through an insurance policy, a bequest, scholarship or a gift to the endowment, etc. Contact your financial advisor or attorney for more information. Simply contact the Advancement Office and let us know of your intentions, we will add your name to The Legacy Circle. Or, if you need a professional to help guide you, we are happy to refer you to an advisor. Feel free to contact Charly Ryan at or (301) 929-6447, if you have questions.

Alumnae News

Traci Allen '91 shares that her daughter Glorious '11, released her debut single "Move."


Read the press release here.


Akilah Bethel '11 (below with Director of Human Resources Debbie Brown and President Katy Prebble) returned to Holy Cross in December for a visit. Akilah plays forward for Loko Trutnov basketball team in the Czech Republic.


Riley Huelbig '11 visited fellow alumna and Advancement Associate Allie Stacy '11 at Holy Cross in December. Riley has recently returned to the United States after being deployed in Yokosuka, Japan with the United States Navy. She graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2016 with a Degree in Logistics and Marine Transportation. In Japan she was as an Engineering Officer and at her new station in Norfolk, Virginia, she will be an Anti-Terrorism Officer.


Campus News

Holy Cross Recognized by John S. Mulholland Family Foundation

Holy Cross was recognized by John S. Mulholland Family Foundation at their annual gala "A Capital Evening V" on Friday, November 30, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Katy Prebble (President/CEO), Naya Salinas '19 and Olivia Young '19 attended the event.


Donation Presentation to National Breast Cancer Coalition

In October Holy Cross Athletics sponsored several fundraising activities to raise $1000 for the National Breast Cancer Coalition. On December 3, Judy Taylor from the NBCC visited Holy Cross to receive the donation during the All-School Assembly.


Winter Concerts Highlights

Our Winter Dance and Music Concerts are always highlights of the semester. 

Class Notes

Time for Class Notes! Have you moved? Gotten married? Added a new family member? Landed a new job? Connected with classmates and just happen to have some photos to share? Everyone likes Class Notes—share your news and your photos!

Reunion News

Class of 1969 50th Anniversary Reunion will be celebrated the weekend of June 1-2, 2019 with a special brunch hosted by Holy Cross on Monday, June 3. The Class of 1969 is also invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony on Monday, June 3 at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This is a very special time for both our alumnae and the 2019 graduating class! Please be sure we have your current contact information so we can provide details for the events. Please contact Kathleen Bula at or (301) 929-6463.



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