On Tuesday, October 14th, Futures in Education, the scholarship fund of the Diocese of Brooklyn, hosted its annual Scholarship Fund Dinner at the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Manhattan, raising a record of over $2.2 million in scholarships for the deserving students of low-income families of Brooklyn and Queens to attend Catholic elementary schools and academies.
The dinner, the biggest event of the year for the non-profit organization, welcomed more than a thousand guests.
“Your generosity has a goal, and the goal is to help our children in Brooklyn and Queens. I thank you personally from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful show of support for our mission,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.
In the 25-year history of Futures in Education, the fund has raised a total of $70 million. More than half of that has been raised in the last five years.
“We have a lot to be thankful for tonight. Over the years, so many people have helped us achieve so much by giving their time, talent and treasures so that we can do what we do,” said Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar for Development of the Diocese of Brooklyn. “We hope to give the next generation the same opportunity that was given to us and our grandparents, who came here with nothing but a dream for their children.”
This year’s fundraising honored Domenick A. Cama, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Investors Bank; Richard J. Daly, President and Chief Executive Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.; Joseph M. Mattone, SR. ESQ, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at The Mattone Group; and Lester J. Owens, Global Head of Wholesale Banking Operations at JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Futures in Education, the scholarship fund of the Diocese of Brooklyn, strives to ensure that the gift of Catholic education continues to be a viable option for current and future generations of deserving students in Brooklyn and Queens. Through endowment funds and different fundraising programs, they provide assistance to the neediest students. For more information visit www.futuresineducation.org.