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Eat Mor Chikin, Support our community

by Danny

Chick-fil-A Celebrates Catholic Schools Week with Four Northeast High Schools.
Week-long Chick-fil-A fundraiser seeks to Support Catholic Education in Northeast Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, PA — As Catholic Schools across the country celebrated the observance of National Catholic
Schools Week from Sunday, January 28, 2024 through Saturday, February 3, 2024, two Chick-fil-A restaurants focused on supporting the Catholic High Schools in the Far Northeast. Those schools were presented with checks totaling over $6,800 this week.

Chick-fil-A Whitman Square (9711 Roosevelt Boulevard) or Chick-fil-A Somerton (12000 Roosevelt
Boulevard) hosted a Community Care Event during Catholic Schools Week aimed at helping four local
schools: Archbishop Ryan High School, Father Judge High School for Boys, Nazareth Academy High School for Girls, and St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls. The fundraiser challenged each school to rally their students, faculty, alumni, parents, and supporters to stop into the restaurants any time during Catholic Schools Week for a chance to help their schools earn a percentage of the sales. The challenge? The school with the most supporters visiting the restaurants would earn the highest percentage.

Supporters from all four schools poured into the restaurants Monday through Saturday of Catholic Schools Week enjoying breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the end, Archbishop Ryan was named the winner and checks totaling over $6,800 were awarded to the schools.

“Chick-fil-A is on a bold journey to be the world’s most caring company. We’re looking to do our part to b the most caring restaurants in Philadelphia to give back to the community that has so graciously supported us since we opened in 2004.” Said Bob Fanelli, Owner/Operator of both participating Chick-fil-A restaurants. “As we continue our pursuit to be Philly’s most caring, we’re excited to have opportunities like this to positively impact our community.

“What is even more inspiring,” Fanelli continued “is that each school used their earnings to further impact our community.” Each school has exciting plans for their winnings:

Archbishop Ryan High School

Archbishop Ryan plans on using the funds to offset the cost for students to attend the school’s Kairos Retreats. Kairos, the Greek word meaning “right time” or, in theology, “God’s time,” is an intensive, three-day, off-campus retreat intended to bring students closer to God through the support of their friends.

The spirit of the retreat is one of acceptance and love. Kairos is an opportunity to grow in relationship with God, self, and others. The retreatants come to recognize God’s presence in all things: in music, nature, family, friendships, and especially Sacred Scripture and the Sacraments. The Kairos retreat is based upon the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola and is specifically adapted for high school.

Nazareth Academy High School

Nazareth Academy placed second and plans to use their earnings to supplement Student Council initiatives. Nazareth believes that our community recognizes and responds to the needs of the human family, both locally and globally. We enhance this belief through formal religious instruction and reinforce it through extra- curricular activities.

Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls

Saint Hubert, the third-place competitor credited the funding toward Dance-A-Rama, a dance aimed at
raising money for children with special needs within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The funds from Chick-fil-A helped the dance reach a school record this year raising over $12,000 toward their cause.

Father Judge High School for Boys

Father Judge is using their winnings toward their annual Basketball Marathon for Leukemia Research which is in it’s 51st year. The Leukemia Crusade began in 1972 when teacher and alum, Ed Mooney started the event because family members of two student council members had been diagnosed with leukemia. He wanted to help the students through their difficult times. With the help of the student council, Mooney planned a one-time marathon, but it was so popular that it was extended for a second year, then a third, and on it went. All donations from the marathon will go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“Our corporate purpose at Chick-fil-A is ‘to glorify God and to be a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.’” said Danny Clifton, the
Director of Community Engagement at Chick-fil-A in Far Northeast Philadelphia. “These four schools share a very unique vision and set of values which gives us a unique opportunity to join together and create impact through action for a greater community.”

To learn more about the Chick-fil=A Catholic Schools Week Community Care Event, visit:

Chick-fil-A Whitman Square and Somerton are on a bold journey to become Philadelphia’s most caring
restaurants. Represented by 175 team members, our restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food daily. Our restaurants are family-owned and have been serving Northeast Philadelphia since 2004.

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