December is the most wonderful time of the year at Padua Franciscan High School. All month long our students, faculty, staff and alumni participate in our Christmas For Others fundraiser. CFO is a program designed to make the holidays brighter for the less fortunate. It is the largest student-run fundraiser in Northeast Ohio.
History of CFO
For 50 years, the Padua community has come together in the Franciscan spirit of giving. Since its inception in 1971, CFO has raised over $500,000 for charity. CFO is the largest student-run outreach program in Northeast Ohio. It is sponsored, organized and operated by the students, under the direction of Padua’s Key (Kiwanis) Club.
CFO Event Schedule coming soon
CFO Donation Collection List coming soon
Christmas for Others looked a little different in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but our goal remained the same. The Padua community came together to raise $15,578 to help those in need during the Christmas season. Click here to read more about it.
Click here to read cleveland.com’s article about Christmas For Others 2020.
Click here to see WVIZ Ideastream’s story.
CFO Collections 2020
Padua collected a number of items for non-profits and worthy causes. Donors participated in contactless drop-offs throughout the month of December.
In just two weeks, Padua collected $36,409 in cash, in addition to collecting thousands of donations (clothing, food, books and toys) for non-profits and families in need. We distributed the money and goods during our CFO Mass on Friday, December 20, 2019. Non-profits, inner-city schools, local food pantries, animal shelters and many others received these donations.
Our students raised funds in a number of ways. The most exciting was our Coin Wars Competition. In 18 minutes, we collected $11,194 cash for local charities and families in need. Students went door-to-door in our neighborhood to collect canned goods for local food pantries. Our Italian Club hosted a Spaghetti Dinner. Spanish Club sold nachos. German Club sold root beer floats. We had a student vs. faculty volleyball game, where $1 admission went to this good cause. We also had a blood drive, where students’ donations helped save 87 lives. Our main lobby was full of large bins to collect: toys, books, coats, mittens, hats, scarves, socks, blankets and food.
CFO News Coverage
2020 NEWS STORY: Click here to read cleveland.com’s article about Christmas For Others 2020.
2020 NEWS STORY: Click here to see WVIZ Ideastream’s story.
2019 NEWS STORY: Click here to read Cleveland.com’s article on Coin Wars.
2019 NEWS STORY: Click here to watch News 5’s story on Coin Wars.
2018 NEWS STORY: Click here to watch the Channel 19 story on Coin Wars.
2018 NEWS STORY: Click here to watch the Fox 8 News story on Coin Wars.
2018 NEWS STORY: Click here to read the cleveland.com article.
2017 NEWS STORY: WTAM 1100 Featured Coin Wars 2017
2016 NEWS STORY: Padua’s Coin Wars Competition Featured on Channel 19 News.
2016 NEWS STORY: Padua Coin Wars Featured on cleveland.com.
2015 NEWS STORY: Padua CFO Featured on cleveland.com.
Merry Christmas from Padua 2019
Padua Coin Wars Competition 2019