Catholic Education Foundation asks patrons to continue support

The annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni dinner, which raises funds for tuition assistance, was supposed to be held March 18, but like most large events in the country, it was canceled amid concerns of spreading COVID-19.

But fundraising dinner is the single largest source of funding for the Catholic Education Foundation’s tuition assistance program.

In a video announcement, CEF President Richard A. Leichleiter urged supporters of Catholic education to continue “their financial support of the event even though it has been cancelled.”

“We are indeed grateful to our many supporters who value Catholic education and the countless benefits that it has provided to students, families and the broader community for generations,” he said.

In an interview March 16, Lechleiter said, “The early signs are good. Our patrons’ reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.”

All proceeds from the event support families in the community that can’t afford the full cost of a Catholic education.

The 2019 Salute to Catholic School dinner netted $1,125,000. The 2020 goal was set at $1.2 million.

The next Salute dinner is set for March 24, 2021, at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.

To support this year’s fundraising effort, visit

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