The 11th annual Salute to THE GAME luncheon, hosted by the Catholic Education Foundation, raised $425,000, topping last year’s record amount of $375,000. The luncheon was held Sept. 27 at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.
The event — which celebrates the “rivalry and thrill” of the annual St. Xavier High School and Trinity High School football game — drew 1,100 individuals for a midday lunch.
Since its inception, the lunch has raised nearly $2.3 million. All of the net proceeds from the event benefit the CEF in its work to support Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville.
The foundation recently announced that for the fourth consecutive year, every family who applied for tuition assistance and demonstrated need received aid. The CEF, the archdiocese and the 110 parishes aided 3,100 students, double the amount four years ago. The amount of tuition assistance for the 2018-19 academic year totaled $6.4 million.
Richard A. Lechleiter, president of the CEF, said the annual luncheon is “propelling our mission to new heights.”
“We are deeply indebted to all our friends in the St. Xavier and Trinity communities for allowing the foundation to benefit from this storied rivalry,” he said in a press statement.
The rivalry game took place Sept. 28 at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium. St. Xavier beat Trinity 21 to 7.