By ALLISON MATYUS
Kenwood Academy High School’s big homecoming is on Friday, and to kick it off, there will be a fundraiser party with live entertainment at The Promontory tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The event will benefit the school directly, and all proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go back to the school for scholarships, building improvements and program development. Gregory Jones, principal at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., teamed up with long-time supporter, Mac Properties to create the event.
“We’ve had a ten-plus year relationship with the high school that has ranged from replacing the seats in the auditorium to giving scholarships to students and volunteer work days at the school,” said Peter Cassel, director of community development at Mac Properties.
Cassel said other businesses and companies in the area are also involved with helping the school, including the Hyatt Place, Vue 53 and Continental Printing and Decorating. Constance Williams, the owner of Continental Printing and Decorating that currently works on the City Hyde Park development, is a Kenwood graduate herself.
“It just goes to show it’s all about the community: a high school educated a woman who goes on to be a business owner who does work in her community and then goes on to contribute back to the high school,” Cassel said.
Bringing the community together is what Cassel hopes for the event. Mason Simpkins, a 1986 Kenwood graduate and a board member of the Kenwood Alumni Network echoed Cassel’s theme of community for the event.
“It will be a fun fundraiser and a chance for alumni to celebrate their homecoming together,” Simpkins said.
Kenwood’s homecoming game against George Washington High School is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 at Stagg Field at 55th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. The Kenwood Broncos football team has had a good season so far, being 5-2 and undefeated in their conference.
“The school has always emphasized academics over athletics, so it’s nice to see the team doing really well this year,” Simpkins said.
Simpkins encourages everyone to come out tomorrow night, Kenwood graduate or not, to celebrate. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $150 for VIP seating and are available at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave.