Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, July 14, 2005 - Students at St. Raymond’s Catholic School in East Rockaway did the math and it added up to a major donation to a good cause and a personal thank you from Marlo Thomas. The actress met with the schoolchildren on May 3 in New York City to thank them for raising just over $16,000 for St. Jude Hospital through the 26th annual Math-a-Thon fund-raiser. Students obtain sponsors to pay for the number of math problems they complete in special workbooks in the educationally based fund-raising program. The money raised help funds the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded in 1962 by the late Danny Thomas.

Carol Bernacki, a volunteer coordinator of the Math-a-thon for St. Raymond’s school, expressed her pride in the hard work of the students. “With their help, St. Jude Hospital will be able to create new treatments that may one day lead to a cure for many forms of cancer that will benefit other children everywhere.”
Marlo Thomas thanks St. Raymond’s students Jack (3rd grade) and Danny (1st grade) Yelsits

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org


Sean P. Dolan,
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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