FALL RIVER — FACE -the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education- will host its 25th annual Fall Scholarship Dinner on Tuesday, October 1, at White’s of Westport.
Since 1995, each year the Fall Dinner brings together community members from Southeastern Massachusetts to raise much needed scholarship funds for Catholic school children in need. All proceeds from the Fall Dinner go directly to student scholarships across the Fall River Diocese.
The featured speaker at this year’s Fall Dinner will be pro football player Matthew Slater, a three-time world champion and special teams captain for the New England Patriots. A graduate of a Catholic high school in his native California, Slater has a strong record off the field in community service and outreach. In 2013 was selected to receive the Ron Burton Community Service Award from the New England Patriots organization.
The Fall Dinner is a principal source of financial support for FACE and the critical scholarships it makes possible. In the 2018-2019 school year, FACE provided $1.3 million in scholarships to 925 students enrolled in a Catholic school in the Fall River Diocese. FACE uses an outside service, FACTS, to determine financial need so that every situation can be fairly assessed for scholarship opportunity.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Fall Dinner will feature a reception, an extensive multi-course meal and the program with Slater. Emcee for the night will be WPRI-TV Providence news anchor and Bishop Stang High School, Dartmouth, alumna Kait Walsh.
In the context of the program, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will present the annual Timothy Cotter Friend of Catholic Education Award to Roger K. Sullivan who is chairman of the Diocese of Fall River Central Catholic Schools Board. A member of St. Pius X Parish in South Yarmouth, Sullivan has also served as chair of the advisory board of his parish’s school.
John Feitelberg, president of HUB International, and Janna Lafrance of Lafrance Hospitality are chairing a committee planning the Fall Dinner. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Feitelberg encourages businesses and individuals to “please consider supporting the Fall Dinner and helping make a difference for hundreds of students in need. So many young lives will be changed for the better with your support.”
For more information, please call 508-675-1311 ext. 6529 or visit www.face-dfr.org