Angels Hit The Fairway for Education

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Futures in Education Annual Golf Outing is a hole-in-one for Catholic education On May 9th, Futures in Education of the Diocese of Brooklyn held its annual Angels on the Fairway golf outing, raising approximately $410,000 to benefit the scholarship recipients attending Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens. Following Holy Thursday Mass celebrated by Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar for Development, at the Creek Golf Club, about 100 golfers waited out the rain and took to the meticulous fairways to benefit Catholic education. Following a great round of golf at one of the most recognizable country clubs on Long Island’s North Shore, off of the Long Island sound, golfers and guests alike were welcomed to a surf-and-turf feast hosted by Net TV personality Johanna Botta. Established in 1989, the mission of Futures in Education is to ensure that the gift of an excellent Catholic education continues to be a viable option for current and future generations of deserving students in Brooklyn and Queens. We provide assistance to the neediest of those students, through endowment funds and fundraising programs that focus on key educational priorities. While the average tuition at our schools is $3,908, the average annual household income of our scholarship recipients is less than $27,000. Although it is a struggle for these families to pay such tuition, parents choose these schools for their children because of the solid test scores, superior graduation rates and high levels of entry into four-year universities, which our schools provide, along with a firm faith formation. The golf outing is closely associated with the Be an Angel to a Student program. An Angel is a concerned individual who sponsors a student in Catholic elementary school by providing partial tuition assistance starting at $1,500/year. By becoming an Angel you not only provide the financial support to a student in need, you also represent the confidence a child needs in order to succeed. Your investment in your Angel student’s education is truly a life-changing gift. Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar for Development of the Diocese of Brooklyn, spoke at the dinner to the over 200 guests in order to thank them for raising $410,000 at this year’s event. “The Angels on the Fairway Golf Outing is a win, win for everyone” said Msgr. Jamie. “The children of our Catholic Schools benefit through the gift of education and the golfers benefit from the unique experience of playing at the renowned and prestigious Creek Golf Club.” He went on to emphasize, “thanks to the support we received this evening thanks to the leadership of so many, more of our children will be able to attend great Catholic schools with the hope that they will be able to go further and achieve more than the generation before them making our city and world a better place for all.” To learn more about the Angel Program or make a donation visit www.futuresineducation.org. For more information on the program, those who attended, concert sponsors and those being assisted please contact the following: CONTACT: John Heyer 718-965-7300 ex. 1613 Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello 347-528-8033 Futures in Education of Brooklyn and Queens 243 Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215 JHeyer@cfbq.org

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