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Class notes for Sept. 29

Published Sep. 29, 2017

Pepin Academies

The Pepin Academies Foundation has set up a memorial fund in honor of Craig Butz, the executive director of Pepin Academies who was killed in a crash Saturday while riding a water scooter with his 4-year-old daughter, Teagan, who was hospitalized in critical condition. Butz, 52, had worked since 2013 with Pepin Academies, which runs charter schools for students with learning disabilities in Tampa, Riverview and New Port Richey. The water scooter collided with with a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Clearwater Beach. His family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dr. Craig Butz Memorial Fund to benefit Pepin Academies. To donate, go to

Cambridge Christian

The staff and students at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa are donating all the proceeds from their annual student talent show Saturday (Sept. 30), called the "Performing Arts Showcase,'' to Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the Florida Keys. Tickets are $7 at the door for the 7 p.m. performance at the school, 6101 N Havana Ave. The school selected Marine Lab, where 9th-grade students attend a retreat each year. The storm caused considerable damage to Marine Lab. This year's scheduled retreat had to be canceled because of Irma.

Jesuit High School

Jesuit High School received a $1 million gift from the Jesuit High School Foundation last week for the school's $40 million "For Greater Glory" capital improvement campaign, making it the second $1 million gift from the foundation in three years. The first, in 2014, was earmarked for Phase I of the campaign, which includes Gonzmart Hall, a 32,000-square-foot administration building, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The new $1 million gift will go toward Phase II, which will feature a new Fine and Performing Arts Center as its centerpiece, according to a news release. The Jesuit High School Foundation, Inc. is an independent advisory group comprised of alumni, current and past parents, and community friends. They pay membership dues and meet three times a year to report on various facets pertaining to the school. The gift was announced by Foundation president Brian Mooney '81 at a special morning Convocation, during which Jesuit's 118th birthday was celebrated in front of the student body. Also, Tampa City council member Mike Suarez issued a special commendation to Jesuit High School for the prominent role it has played in supporting and strengthening the city since the school's inception on Sept. 11, 1899. Jesuit was founded downtown before moving to its current Himes Avenue location in 1956.