In the aftermath of last month's fire and the ongoing repair of Holy Name Cathedral's historic wooden ceiling, Francis Cardinal George and Fr. Dan Mayall, Pastor of the Cathedral, announce the kick-off of the "All Join Hands to Raise the Roof" campaign. A benefit, sponsored by the Palmer House Hilton, will be held on Monday, March 30, 2009, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program.
"This event, graciously being underwritten by the Palmer House Hilton, will also provide an opportunity for Cardinal George, the parishioners, the community, and me, to thank Chicago's Emergency Responders for their extraordinary efforts in saving the Cathedral," said Fr. Mayall. "Two days after the fire, a dozen fire fighters, all in gear - hats, coats, boots were in calm conversation on our front steps. (A fire fighter friend told me that such a visit was routine.) After introducing myself, I asked the men in front of me who was in charge. All pointed fingers at various others, then, they laughed. No one was taking bows. I thanked them humbly before I returned to the rectory. Now, I welcome this public opportunity to give thanks to these heroic, yet humble, responders."
"The 'All Join Hands to Raise the Roof' fund was established", said Fr. Mayall, "to cover the structural repairs and recent fire damage, which together have crippled Holy Name Cathedral for the last two years."
The Palmer House Hilton is generously underwriting this event. The total amount of all contributions will go to Holy Name Cathedral and are fully tax deductible. For information on purchasing tickets and/or opportunities for donations, visit www.holynamecathedral.org .