On February 8, Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford held a grand opening for the School’s new Pride Café & Spirit Store. President & Head of School Christian Cashman had a vision for the community gathering space, and thanks to the generosity of many supporters, an important part of that vision was realized in the NWC Pride Café & Spirit Store.
The newly renovated space is home to both Northwest Catholic spirit gear and a café serving coffee, beverages, sandwiches, and snacks. Before the renovation, the dimly-lit alcove housed vending machines and storage. Today the bright, inviting space offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to grab coffee or a snack before or after school, during a free period, or while meeting with a visitor. The Pride Café & Spirit Store creates yet another way for Northwest Catholic to come together in community, much in keeping with the school’s mission and values.
Northwest Catholic is deeply grateful to the many benefactors who made this project a reality, including the Class of 2018 Senior Parents Legacy Gift donors; the Class of 2018 Senior Class gift donors; Lessing’s Food Service; Acoustics, Inc. and SFA Group LLC; Ronnie Demeo Construction, Inc.; Friar Architecture, Inc.; The Belknap White Group; M. Frank Higgins & Co., Inc.; Barrieau Oil Company; and Venora Electric, Inc.
At the grand opening, President & Head of School welcomed the guests and honored all those who helped make the dream of the Pride Café a reality. Cashman added, “The Northwest Catholic spirt is about community and family,” and the new café helps illustrate that commitment. Cashman concluded, “The Pride Café is at the heart of Northwest Catholic.”
Patrick Williamson, Director of Technology & Operations, also welcomed the guests to the event. Williamson explained that the new space is “meant to create a collegiate type of atmosphere.” He thanked the donors and builders, adding, “Every single person who worked on this project took pride in it.”