As we approach this very special season of both giving and giving thanks, I think about all of the things I’m personally grateful for: my children, the health of my family, and a job that allows me the opportunity to provide for my kids. One thing I’m especially grateful for this year is to be part of the Catholic Education Foundation’s Futures Committee. The Futures are a group of dedicated, young adults that focus on promoting the mission of CEF – the gift of a Catholic education for those that seek it.
It’s that time of year again!
October 20th will be a night to remember as we support the Catholic Education Foundation at its annual event, Gaudeamus. The Catholic Education Foundation provides scholarships for students with financial need to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
Gaudeamus is our biggest event of the year. It has been on The Independent magazine’s list of Top Ten events in Kansas City for six years in a row!
Last month, the Catholic Education Foundation Futures Committee hosted its third Cocktails for a Cause event, setting new records for both attendance and money raised. Proceeds from the event will fund approximately seven Guardian Angel scholarships, which provide tuition assistance for students attending CEF-supported schools when their families face an unexpected financial crisis that impacts their ability to pay tuition (job loss, medical emergency, etc.).
"Do small things with great love." Saint Mother Teresa implored her fellow sisters to acknowledge that even small acts of service are important. In our busy lives, making an impact on a large scale can appear daunting.
Enter the Catholic Education Foundation Futures Committee. These young adults have made a commitment of time, talent, and treasure in order to help children attend Catholic schools.
As I entered John Paul II Catholic School on a recent Friday with a group of Catholic Education Foundation staff and Futures Committee members, I knew this lunch hour was going to be unlike any other. Immediately, we were greeted by smiling junior high students eager to show off their school pride. As we wound through hallways filled with art projects, book reports, and kids ready to wave at the visitors, I knew we were heading to a room that had a special place in these students’ hearts.
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