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Sponsored by the Office for Peace and Justice’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development

CHICAGO, IL (April 3, 2014) The Office for Peace and Justice will host an art gallery reception for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 2014 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Multi-Media Youth Art Contest. The aim of the competition is to give youth the opportunity to have a creative role in raising awareness about poverty in their communities, schools, and families. With over 60 Catholic school students participating in the contest, the art reflected this year’s theme of “Building Communities”. The contest was open to students in grades seven thru twelve, who paint, write, act, draw or sing.

The gallery reception will take place on Thursday, April 3, at Overflow Coffee Bar, 1550 South State Street in Chicago, at 5 p.m. and will honor both the students and their teachers for their involvement in the contest. The event will include food donated by Chipotle. Donated prizes include tickets from the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, signed pucks and photographs by the Chicago Blackhawks, and gift cards from Lou Malnati’s, The Cheesecake Factory and Five Guys. The first place prize from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an Early College Program that will take place this summer.

The first place artwork will be sent to the CCHD national office in Washington, DC, to be in the drawing for the National Grand Prize winner. The prize will be awarded at the National Catholic Youth Conference at a later date. The winning artwork will tour with the RCL Benzinger Religious Education Ministry exhibit booths at various conferences, and will be used at several different gatherings of Diocesan Directors and youth, as well as at USCCB meetings. The winner will also be featured in the Archdiocesan CCHD 2014 Annual Report.

Below is a list of the winners, type of art, and what school or parish they are from:

Grades 7-9

First Place - Gianna Arnieri (story) - Holy Family Catholic Academy, Inverness

Second Place - Gina Vitale, Molly Healy, Catherine Farlee, Millie Sheean, Margaret O'Brien, Kate Mackie, Margaret Planek (painting) - Ascension Catholic School, Oak Park

Third Place - Grace Sluzynski (drawing) - Holy Cross Catholic School, Deerfield

Grades 10-12

First Place - Maureen Gillespie (drawing) - Resurrection College Prep High School, Chicago

Second Place - Valentina Zadro (painting) - Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Croatian Catholic Mission, Chicago

Third Place - Rosa Cardenas (collage) - Josephinum Academy, Chicago

More information about the Archdiocesan CCHD can be found on the Office for Peace and Justice website:

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