By Meg Melissa Murry
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
Cardinals for Kids raised more than $1,000 for the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation at the student organization’s third annual Winter Gala held Nov. 17 in McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.
The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception and silent auction before taking their seats for dinner.
A video was played presenting the numerous ways Cardinals for Kids has raised funds, support and awareness for Children’s Hospital while also mentioning the upcoming #CDM, Cardinals Dance Marathon coming in April.
Gala Chairwoman Karissa Vigil opened the night with a few words regarding the continuing goals and mission for #CFK.
“Tonight’s a night for food, fellowship, and family,” said Vigil, a graduate communication arts major.
After dinner, the emcee introduced the Cardinals for Kids’ newest Miracle Family — the Cooper family. The parents with their 7-year-old twin daughters expressed their “love and gratitude” towards Cardinals for Kids and the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, for all the support they have given to their family over the years.
Judge Peter Sakai, a recognized community leader, was this year’s recipient of the Sister Walter Maher Humanitarian of the Year Award during the gala.
Sakai has been involved with the adoption of children in Bexar County for many years. Through his own experience with the children’s court bench, he has been able to make an impact on numerous lives in the county.
Sakai is widely recognized as working hard to bring new ideas and solutions to help resolve issues of child abuse, neglect, and family violence.
During his acceptance speech, Sakai expressed his appreciation towards his family, Cardinals for Kids, and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, founders of the university.
Recounting his longstanding service on the bench, Sakai said he was “blown away” to see the continuous support of the community coming together to better the hope and lives of others.
Elias Neujahr, president of Children’s Hospital, offered his thanks and praise towards all student volunteers of Cardinals for Kids.
“It is a blessing to see the true dedication in the students, working to help all the miracle kids of the Children’s Hospital,” Neujahr said. “They demonstrate an exemplary force towards a great cause, saying that we are ‘Cardinals for Kids.’ ”