Award to honor couple for educational philanthropy

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jerry and Delores Slawik

The Catholic Community Founda­tion will present its 2010 Legacy of Faith Award to Jerry and Delores Slawik during a banquet Oct. 27. The annual award is given to an individual or family in recognition of their leadership and philanthropy in support of the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Catholic community.

Through their philanthropy, the Slawiks, members of St. Louis King of France in St. Paul, have provided tuition assistance to more than 1,000 students attending Cath­o­lic high schools in the archdiocese. The family started the Skipper Slawik Fund in 1958, soon after Jerry’s 12-year-old brother, Skipper, died in a boating accident. The fund, which was managed by the family until CCF was founded in 1992, represents a significant portion of the $6 million in tuition aid granted by CCF over the past 14 years. For more information about the foundation or to make a reservation for the banquet, visit

New look

Eighteen years after its founding, the Catholic Community Foundation has a new logo intended to better reflect its unique role as a cultivator and distributor of charitable assets.

The tree is said to represent “strength, growth, vitality, trust and seasonality of life,” according to a foundation explanation. Warm, natural colors aim to reflect a well-grounded organization, the strong capital letters indicate strength — defining CCF’s Catholic nature, whom it serves and what it does. The curved line between Catholic Community and Foundation stands for the link between the St. Paul-based nonprofit and the services it provides. The tree element, by the way, has a spiritual context in Psalm 1:3: “You are like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever you do prospers.”

New center director

Sam Rahberg will be the new director of Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood. He has served as the center’s associate director for the past five years.

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