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Red and Gold Week celebration is March 21-27

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Carroll Mayor Eric Jensen signs the Red and Gold Week proclamation at the kickoff meeting for the 37th annual Friends of Kuemper Ball. He's joined by this year's Ball chaircouples (from left) James and Susie Heiliger, Nick and Lisa Bowdish, Jon and Michelle Heim, and Tony and Gina Badding.

In support of the 37th-annual Friends of Kuemper Ball fundraising campaign for Kuemper Catholic School System, Carroll Mayor Eric Jensen has proclaimed March 21-27 Red and Gold Week.

Jensen encourages Carroll County residents’ continued support of area Catholic education.

The Ball raises funds for an array of uses — from technology, to tuition assistance, to teacher pay, to general costs and more. Over the last 36 years, the Ball has generated more than $11.3 million.

The proclamation says, “Kuemper Catholic School sets the highest standards of excellence in education and responsible moral growth for its faculty, students and parents.

“Kuemper Catholic School provides a unique Christ-centered quality to the Carroll County area.

“Kuemper Catholic School has long had the strong support of the people of Carroll County and in turn, supported the Carroll area and towns in many cooperative efforts.”

Kuemper officials encourage the school’s families, friends and communities to show their Kuemper pride throughout the week.

Father Joseph Kuemper’s birthday is Monday, with a dress-down day for students. Money raised that day will go to the Ball campaign. Father Kuemper (1855-1923), a German immigrant parish priest, left a remarkable legacy in faith, education and health care. In 1908, he founded the St. Angela Domestic Science Institute all-girls’ boarding high school in Carroll, which was the forerunner of St. Angela Academy and then Kuemper Catholic High School.

In another fundraiser for the Ball, the Patrick Lentz Band from Kansas City will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Carrollton Centre. The band is popular for playing an array of genres — top 40 pop, old/new school hip hop, Motown sound, rock ’n’ roll, and classic jazz. There will be live and silent auctions at the event. To reserve a table, available for groups of four or eight, contact Jon Heim at 515-710-0107.

The Ball wrapping up the campaign is set for Saturday, May 1, at the Kuemper Field House. Plans call for an in-person celebration that follows state COVID-19 rules; however, a drive-thru meal option will be available from 5:30 until 7 that night at the Bishop Greteman Center. Cost per meal is a $45 donation. Donations may be dropped off at Kuemper, or mailed to Kuemper Ball, 116 S. East St., Carroll, IA 51401. No takeout meals will be served at the field house. Those planning to use the drive-thru must RSVP by April 16 by phoning Kuemper Ball Coordinator Cindy Lawler at 712-792-2212, emailing or texting 712-292-9737. Include your name, phone number and number of meals you plan to pick up. Lidderdale Country Store will cater the meals both at the field house and drive-thru.

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