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Cabrini High School and the American Italian Cultural Center Co-hosts Fundraising Gala in Honor of S

NEW ORLEANS, La., Oct. 9, 2019 — The influence of Saint Frances Cabrini, the first American citizen Saint, and her Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart has been felt in New Orleans since 1892, when Mother Cabrini first arrived to help Italian immigrants. However, her work encompassed people from all sections and backgrounds of the city. Besides the daily work of helping the unfortunate, Saint Cabrini established two orphanages, the larger of which became Cabrini High School in 1959.

Mother Cabrini’s commitment to helping all people in need was unrelenting. She founded 67 missions on three continents in 37 short years which included orphanages, schools and hospitals. Cabrini High School stands today as a testament to her vision: “to educate the minds and hearts” of the students. The school’s award-winning college preparatory curriculum and staff encourages students of diverse races, creeds, nationalities, and socio-economic backgrounds to discover their God-given talents through a commitment to academic excellence, spiritual development, and social growth.

In conjunction with the celebration of Cabrini High School’s 60th anniversary, the school has launched the “Continuing Her Legacy” capital campaign – the most determined fundraising effort in Cabrini’s history. As a part of this campaign, Cabrini is co-hosting, with the American Italian Cultural Center (AICC), a fundraising gala, Promenade on Esplanade to honor the legacy of St. Frances Cabrini and her contribution to the entire New Orleans community.

The gala will be held in the Cabrini High School Esplanade Courtyard located at 3400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans on November 2, 2019 from 7 – 9 p.m.

The gala will include Italian cuisine, live jazz entertainment, tours of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Exhibit Room, St. Frances Cabrini’s living quarters, and Sacred Heart Chapel where she prayed.

Mother Cabrini said, “The greatest heritage to a young girl is a good education.” Funds raised during the event will be used for improvements to the school’s campus to enhance the educational environment along with the creation of a Fine Arts Center.

The event will be attended by notable alumnae, donors, and guests. This year’s sponsors include AICC, Diabetes Management & Supplies, Copeland’s of Kenner, Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini Mission Foundation, Scriptura, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, Drago’s Restaurant and the Louisiana Seafood Marketing and Promotion Board.

Admission for the gala are available for purchase at

There are four different sponsorship levels, with reserved seating, recognition on printed materials and on social media. There are also individual tickets for $150 per person. Naming opportunities for the capital campaign are also available to honor a person’s legacy. The event is black-tie optional.

For more information, contact Sheri Salvagio at, 504-483-8672 or visit

Cabrini High School – 3400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA.

Media Contact: Michelle Jackson Media Coordinator

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