Allegheny County
      WHEREAS, La Roche College, located in McCandless Township, County of
Allegheny, is an institution of higher learning, with a total enrollment of 1,812, and is fully
accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; and
       WHEREAS, by enabling women and men of wide-ranging backgrounds and ages to
deepen their inner lives, cultivate their intellectual power, and achieve their professional
goals, La Roche contributes to the advancement of the human community; and
       WHEREAS, in 2005, in the wake of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, La Roche
College volunteers helped hurricane evacuees at the Disaster Assistance Center, located at
the Pittsburgh Project, by organizing the collection and distribution of basic household
items for 5 families in need; and
       WHEREAS, in December, Sister Marilyn Bergt, CDP, coordinator of community
service, traveled to St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, to assess how La
Roche volunteers might be able to lend a hand in rebuilding the school. In addition to
sending a total amount of $4,500 to St. Augustine High School and another badly damaged
school, La Roche volunteers tutored youth and dry-walled a school activity building. They
also provided “band-aid” to St. Mary’s Academy, replacing all of their damaged or lost
musical instruments; and
      WHEREAS, by donating their time and energy to selflessly serve others, La Roche
College volunteers demonstrate the compassion and generosity for which Americans are
known. Their service paves the way to a brighter future for our citizens and people around
the world;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Allegheny County Council hereby
recognizes and commends Sister Marilyn Bergt and La Roche College for their dedication
and commitment to assisting the dislocated families affected by Hurricane Katrina. Their
response in Allegheny County and the Gulf Coast has been characterized by unprecedented
collaboration, a spirit of good will and cooperation which serves as an inspiration to us all.
                                                              Sponsored by Council Member
                                                              Jan Rea this 4th day of April,


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President of Council                                          Clerk of Council
Rich Fitzgerald   John Mascio

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