Spring Gala Postponed Until Fall 2020

March 30, 2020 | Foundations in Education | Media Mentions News

Foundations in Education needs your help in support of the more than 1,400 students receiv­ing tuition assistance.

In light of the recent state of emergency declaration by Governor Ned Lamont, the guidance by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention and local public health departments, Foundations in Education is postponing their 2020 Annual Spring Gala. Like many non-profits in the area, the decision was made due to growing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. This necessary course of action cre­ates a significant shortfall in Foundations In Education’s rev­enue for the year.

The Annual Spring Gala is an essential fundraising event rais­ing close to $1,000,000 annually that helps pay for the $2,800,000 awarded in current year tuition assistance. The cancellation of this event places a significant financial strain on Foundations and requires them to seek alternate sources of funding from now until the close of the fiscal year, June 30.

Foundations in Education extends a plea to all to help by making a donation so as to min­imize this shortfall in an effort to replace the April event rev­enue through an online giving campaign.

Executive Director Holly Doherty-Lemoine stated, “We need the help of everyone in our extended community to meet the needs of our students and schools. We have to be far more aggressive and creative in our outreach and appeal for contribu­tions in the absence of the Gala. We hope that readers of the Fairfield County Catholic will be able to make a donation.”

The Foundation asks readers to forward this appeal to family and friends. Lemoine pleaded, “Please help us spread the word to foundations or corporations that are inclined to give support to education and students; or share this with potential donors and others to help solicit sup­port on behalf of Foundations in Education. We are a sep­arate 501c3 and so typically not excluded by foundations or corporations who otherwise may not support religious orga­nizations.”

“Supporters of Catholic Education are a dedicated and faithful community and I am confident that we will rally in support of our students, teachers and schools,” Lemoine added. Our staff is here to help.”