Holy Cross High School hosted the Waterbury Regional Chamber's Out for Business Reception, sponsored by G.S. Regan Associates and Alltown Fresh and under the leadership of current Crusader parent, Nora Mason, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Members of the Waterbury Regional Chamber were in attendance.
"It's so great to be here at Holy Cross, which is a school with great history in our community," said Julie Donato, Communications Director for the Waterbury Regional Chamber and coordinator for the Out for Business events. "It's a busy time at the Chamber as we are right at the beginning of this year's membership campaign, and we are striving to invite 100 new businesses to join the Chamber over the next month with your help."
Attendees toured the school campus, networked with other members from the Waterbury Chamber and community and met current Holy Cross High School students, faculty and staff including President Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino and Principal Tommy Pompei.
"Holy Cross has been a proud member of the Chamber since 1986," said Dr. Pellegrino. "Having the honor of hosting the Out for Business event is new and exciting for us. It's been a lot of fun to have everyone here tonight...We have been a member of the Waterbury community since 1968 when we were founded by the Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross. We have been blessed to educate over 12,000 alumni, many of whom are active members of the Chamber and of our community."
Omofolade Olusanya '20 shared her Holy Cross High School experience with the attendees and how the school has helped build her confidence. "Holy Cross has helped me academically by providing kind teachers and countless resources," she said. "They also helped create a foundation to help build strong values and morals."
"My twins Alexander and Lance attend Holy Cross," said co-sponsor Michael Regan of G.S. Regan Associates. "I can tell you it is the best thing I have ever done – the best investment of my life. I recommend all of you to have your children attend here. It is really hand's on."
Several Holy Cross students volunteered at the event through the school's new Crusader Interns program. Through this newly created opportunity, students will gain first-hand knowledge and experience with admissions, marketing and advancement work.
"We had a lot of fun at tonight's event," said Crusader Intern, Ben Mason '22. "Some of us gave tours. Some of us were waiters and served food. Others were hosts. One of us addressed the crowd. "Participating in this program is giving us many skills in community engagement, public speaking and networking."