Chaminade Julienne performing arts students lent their talents to the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service at Courthouse Square on December 20. The vigil, sponsored locally by the Emergency Housing Coalition, was part of a national event held annually to remember the homeless who have lost their lives as well as raise awareness about homelessness in the community. It’s an issue that students are well aware as they participate in Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week each year in November.
“It’s a great fit, because it’s right in there with CJ’s mission, vision and focus on social justice,” said Kathleen Shanahan, program coordinator for Montgomery County Housing and Homeless Solutions. Shanahan’s daughter, Cassidy Aughe ’15, is a member of the Vega a cappella group and was one 20 performing arts students who participated in the vigil.
A total of 28 Dayton area homeless people were honored at the event. “That number goes up or down a little each year but, no matter what, it’s still too many,” Shanahan said.
This story was first published in the Winter 2014 issue of Vision, CJ's alumni magazine.
Eagles Perform National Anthem
PICTURED (L to R): CJ performing arts students David Marshall '15, Kaylee Piatt '14 and Addi Helms '15 meet Dayton Mayor-elect Nan Whaley at the Celebrate Dayton! The Next 100 Years event hosted at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on January 5. The Eagles trio was picked to perform the National Anthem.