Kate Abel Memorial Event

Because the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from holding our basketball tournament this year, Villa and the Abel family will host a new event for 2020 to hold the place of our tournament and keep Kate close in our hearts. 

You're invited to the Kate Abel Memorial Alumnae & Friends Event!Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 (Raindate: Sunday, November 29, 2020) 
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m. 
What to Expect: A fun night of firepits, music, and food trucks with friends and family 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.
Note: Social distancing will be encouraged at this outdoor event. Masks will be required.



Thank you!

Villa Joseph Marie hosted the inaugural Kate Abel Memorial Tournament on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Named for a 2009 Villa graduate who was killed by a drunk driver in 2014, this basketball showcase tournament featured twelve varsity CYO teams from the Bucks County area, as well as numerous Villa Alumnae who gathered for an Alumnae basketball game. Proceeds will benefit the establishment of a scholarship for Villa Joseph Marie High School. 

$24,500 was raised for the Kate Abel Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2019. The Abel family and Villa Joseph Marie thank you tremendously for supporting 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 new scholarship. Contact Jennifer Drayer-McDonald, Director of Development, at jmcdonald@vjmhs.org with any questions about the event.

2019-2020 Event: We hope to return to this in-person format in 2021.

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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.