Helping Hands 5K, McMammo Day

Upcoming events at JCA include Baccalaureate, graduation

JOLIET – Joliet Catholic Academy’s Helping Hands event will be held on Sunday, May 20.

Last year’s event included a 5K race, family cookout, tug of war tournament and bean bag tournament, all of which successfully raised money for the Helping Hands Tuition Assistance Program.

The fundraiser is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with the 5K run and fitness walk. Following the run/walk, JCA will debut a Kids Race on the track. The family cookout begins at noon.

This year, a new challenge has been added: Outrun the Coach/Teacher. Mark Clarke, Tina Kinsella and Jason Midlock are among those who have already accepted the challenge.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Helping Hands Tuition Assistance Fund, which is designed to help current JCA families in need.

Participants can register by mail or online. For more information, contact Suzi Arnett at 815.741.0500 ext. 241. Also, online registration forms for the 5K race, a mail-in registration form and a Tug of War form all can be downloaded at

McMAMMO DAY: The McDonalds on the corner of Jefferson and Woodlawn streets, located near St. Paul the Apostle Parish, is holding a McMammo Day on Thursday, May 10, to benefit Matt Mammosser and his family. The fundraiser will be held from 4-9 p.m., with 20 percent of the profits taken in at two cash registers dedicated to Mammossers going to the family. Also, follow #PrayForMammo on Twitter.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Important save the dates for the month of May at JCA include the following, with the Mothers’ Day Mass on Friday, May 11, at noon; Baccalaureate Liturgy and Senior Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Raymond on Tuesday, May 15; graduation at 6 p.m. in the Student Activity Center on Thursday, May 17; and the Underclassmen Awards ceremony  at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22 in the Student Activity Center.

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