Diocese of Rockville Centre

Scholarship Requests Have Increased Over Last Year


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Invitations are out for the fourth annual Stars for Students Scholarship Gala.  This year, the need is even greater as scholarship requests have increased significantly over last year.  The event, sponsored by the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, takes place on May 8th at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. 

“The Foundation has raised funds for innovative programs in a number of areas, such as technology,” noted Tomorrow’s Hope Chairman Lewis Ranieri, “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 $4.9 million in scholarships to 2,900 students.  The gala is our largest single fundraising event for the Children’s Scholarship Fund.”

Honorees for this year’s gala are Robert B. Catell, Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of National Grid, and Brian T. Shea, President and CEO of Pershing LLC, a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon.  Both of these gentlemen are deeply involved in both community and educational organizations.  Along with Mr. Catell and Mr. Shea, a number of educators, benefactors, and parents will be recognized for their contribution to Catholic Education on Long Island. 

Besides a sumptuous cocktail hour and dinner, the gala features live and silent auctions.  The Master of Ceremonies is the Honorable Rick Lazio.  Over 600 people attended the 2008 Gala.    

For more information about the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation and the Scholarship Gala, please visit their website, www.tomorrowshopefoundation.org, or call (516) 745-6644 x133.

Note to Editors: Bios and pictures available upon request.



The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation

The mission of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation is to ensure the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic Schools on Long Island by increasing awareness and by providing scholarship and program funding for the needs of students and schools.  Founded in 2005 by Bishop William Murphy, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation serves as a vehicle to solicit financial support from both individuals and the corporate community.  It exists as a tax exempt not for profit public charity under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service.  Parents seeking tuition assistance for their child can apply for aid through Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation (www.tomorrowshopefoundation.org).


About The Diocese of Rockville Centre

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.  Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).



Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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