"Being part of a Catholic school means I'm part of a family."
- Cassie, Espiritu Santo Catholic School
On November 5th, the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Foundation, along with Raymond, presented St. Peter Claver Catholic School with a check for $5,000 in support of their Bridge Scholarship Program.
This gift, matched by Central Park Village Youth Services, served as a challenge for the school and the Catholic Foundation to raise an additional $10,000. In all, this gift served as a catalyst to raise a total of $20,000 in support of the school’s scholarships.
A quiet, older gentleman, along with his wife, have made an incredible difference for the future of St. John Paul II Catholic School. This school, just a few years ago, was in danger of closing its doors, but the families and parishioners of the school have truly come together to change the direction of this school in Citrus County. Raymond Shevchik and his wife, Beverly, established this scholarship in 2011. He knew, though, that when God called him home at the end of his life, there would be an even greater gift than he contributed during his lifetime.
With an eye toward securing the future, a number of parishes in the Diocese are exploring the possibility of creating a Legacy Society.
A Legacy Society honors those who have made a legacy gift to the parish. There are three ways to become a member of your parish's Legacy Society - make an outright gift of cash, stock, bonds or real estate to create an endowment fund, establish a Charitable Gift Annuity or designate the parish as a beneficiary of your will, trust, life insurance policy or IRA. Each parish establishes their own policies regarding membership, eligibility and Society functions.
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.