"I attended a public school at the beginning of this year; one week and a day later, I was back at my Catholic school."
- Joseph, Bishop Larkin Interparochial Catholic School
Plus you can double your impact!
The 27 Diocesan Catholic Elementary Schools are currently looking for tuition assistance donations. Plus, for every donation received at one of our Diocesan schools, they can match that donation dollar for dollar through the Catholic Foundation's Match Grant Program. This is a wonderful way to make your gift go farther at the school of your choice. Please click here and go to our diocesan website and find the school that you wish to support with your gift. Contact them to find out if your gift will qualify for this year's Match Grant Program. If you have any further questions as to how you may help the Foundation with tuition assistance programs throughout the diocese, please contact us.
We would like to give a warm welcome to Mike Messano. Mike is the newest member of the Catholic Foundation staff and he holds the position of Associate Advancement Director. Mike's primary role will be to help Jon with assisting in outreach and engagement of potential donors throughout the Diocese at our parishes and schools. He's a parishioner at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Valrico and has been involved with many fundraising campaigns throughout his career both from the church and for places like Tampa General Hospital. More recently, he was working with the Diocese of Fort Worth's Stewardship and Development Office and is excited to be helping out his home Diocese.
We wish to thank Mr. Lino Rulli for being out 2015 Catholic Foundation Celebration keynote speaker. Lino shared with us the impact that a Catholic Education had on his upbringing in Minnesota. While he only attended Catholic High School, it still had a lasting impact him at that time and in his overall endeavors in life. To see the video of Lino's talk please visit the following link.
Also, we congratulate Noah Brooks for being the winner of this year's Catholic Foundation Essay Competition sponsored by Saint Leo University. Noah wrote a 500-word essay on the subject: "How a Catholic Education Has Made a Difference in My LIfe." Nineteen schools participated in this years essay contest and after careful judging based on pre-set criteria, Noah was our final winner and he will receive a one-year full scholarship to the Catholic High School of his choice. To hear his presentation about the impact his Catholic education, you can click on this link here.
We thank everyone who joined us for the 2015 Catholic Foundation Celebration held on February 7. Please enjoy some of the pictures below from our dinner. We look forward to seeing you next year on February 6.
Most Reverend Robert Lynch, along with the Catholic Foundation, is pleased to announce this year's Catholic Education Leadership Award Recipient, Mr. Scott Riley.