On April 20th, 2012, the Community Center at St. Frances Academy of Baltimore will be named in honor of actor, comedian and author, Bill Cosby and his wife, Dr. Camille Cosby. The formal name of the center will be Drs. Bill & Camille Cosby Community Center.
St. Frances Academy is an independent Catholic high school with African-American and Hispanic roots. Serving the community as a positive catalyst for change, St. Frances leads urban American high schools through educational excellence and responsiveness to the needs of students and community.
Continuing the legacy of Mother Mary Lange, who founded St. Frances in 1828 and the Oblate Sisters of Providence one year later, the academy and community center provide the immediate neighborhood and the Baltimore area a sense of cultural heritage and giftedness. The mission initiated by Mother Lange, born Elizabeth Clarissa Lange, is to help students and members of the community, particularly the indigent, develop the skills and education needed to become productive and giving members of society.
Bill Cosby has been an advocate of educational opportunity throughout his life. His career is proof of his lifelong dedication to children. (See video, left)
Dr. Camille Cosby was educated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence when she was a child living in Washington, D.C. She remembers the vision and mission fondly and was the keynote speaker at the 175th anniversary of the Oblate Sisters of Providence.
The Cosbys made the largest donation in St. Frances’ history when they established the Cosby Scholars program several years ago. This celebration and dedication ceremony is an expression of gratitude for their generosity over the years.
The St. Frances Academy Gala Benefitting Students Today & Tomorrow will be held on Friday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Martin’s West in Woodlawn. Individual tickets are $150. Proceeds benefit the continuing education and community programs at St. Frances. For sponsorship inquiries, contact Melissa D’Adamo at 410-539-7030. For more information, visit sfa.org .
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