De La Salle Elementary School Benefactors to Be Awarded at Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation Gala
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 11, 2010 – Matteo and Susan Bevilacqua, benefactors at the De La Salle Elementary School, Freeport, NY, have been selected by the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation to be the recipients of the Distinguished Benefactor Award at the “Stars for Students Gala”.
The annual gala will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010 at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale. Maureen Humenik, an educator at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary school, Lindenhurst, N.Y., Annette Farragher, a parent at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, Valley Stream, N.Y., and Lorraine DelGenio, an administrator at Our Lady of Mercy Regional School, Cutchogue, NY, are also receiving awards. The Tomorrow’s Hope Gala is the primary fundraiser for the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.
Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation was founded in 2005 by the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. It is a not-for-profit organization that has succeeded in raising money and enrollment in Catholic elementary schools on Long Island. The mission of the foundation is to ensure the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic elementary schools on Long Island, by increasing awareness and by providing scholarships and program funding for the needs of students and schools throughout the diocese.
“The success of the gala is of particular importance this year given the challenging economic climate,” said Sr. Joanne Callahan, O.S.U., Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “We have so many parents wanting to enroll their children in our fine schools, but they just don’t have the means to do so. The gala and other activities of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation are created to help these parents and ultimately their children receive the Catholic school education they desire.”
The gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by dinner from 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be a silent and live auction with dozens of items.
“The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation has raised funds for innovative programs in a number of areas such as technology,” said Lewis Ranieri, chairman, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation. “But, our main focus is providing scholarships to students in the Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese [Nassau and Suffolk counties]. In four years, the Foundation has provided $6.6 million in scholarships to 4,400 students. The gala is our largest single fundraising event for the Children’s Scholarship Fund.”
Last year, the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation distributed over $1.75 million in scholarships to over 1,500 students. Currently, the Foundation is reviewing over 2,000 applications from students seeking financial assistance hoping to attend a Catholic elementary school.
There are 57 Catholic elementary schools and 11 Catholic high schools serving more than 32,000 students
in the diocese which encompasses Nassau and Suffolk counties.
About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
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