Kate Abel Memorial Events

Villa Joseph Marie once again held the Kate Abel Memorial Basketball Tournament and Alumnae & Friends Social on Saturday, November 26, 2022. Named for a 2009 Villa graduate who was killed by a drunk driver in 2014, our basketball showcase tournament featured CYO/CRBA teams from the Bucks County area, as well as numerous Villa Alumnae who gathered for an Alumnae basketball game. The day concluded with the social. All proceeds benefit a scholarship for Villa Joseph Marie High School in Kate's name.

The Abel family and Villa Joseph Marie thank those that support us in remembering Kate with such an amazing event. We are confident that Kaitlin’s memory, and the example of selflessness she portrayed, will be preserved and awarded through this scholarship. Contact Jennifer Drayer-McDonald, Director of Institutional Advancement, at jmcdonald@vjmhs.org with any questions about the event.

No RSVP is necessary for the Abel Alumnae & Friends Social from 6:00-8:00 p.m. All are welcome. This will be a fun night of firepits, music, and a food truck at Villa Joseph Marie High School. Some lawn games will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own lawn games and chairs or blankets to spread out and enjoy the night outdoors. We'll also have raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. Should the weather not cooperate, this event will be moved indoors.

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Kate Abel

Kaitlin N. Abel ’09 was a best friend to many. She was a role model oldest sibling and a beloved daughter. Throughout her 23 years of life, she overachieved in academics, athletics, and service to her community, especially during her time at Villa Joseph Marie (‘09) and La Salle University (’13). Despite her relentless pursuit toward academic and career goals focused on Physical Therapy, including balancing many jobs and endless amounts of schoolwork, Kate always made time for those around her. At the time that Kate was taken from this world, she was in the middle of a boundless trajectory toward success that she alone created. Those that knew her will forever miss her spirit and her smile, and the time that was always well spent together.