Area Catholic students will use music to thank Catholic Education Foundation donors for their gift of education during the ninth annual Sounds of Sacred Music event.
This year’s concert, set for 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the St. Francis Xavier Chapel at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill, will feature the student choirs of IC Catholic Prep and St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Manhattan. A private VIP reception for all current Catholic Education Foundation benefactors will be held prior to the event at 6 p.m.
The Foundation began in 1996 to help provide the financial means for qualified students to attend elementary and secondary Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet. Now, more than 20 years later, the Foundation has been able to award more than $24 million in need-based scholarships to 18,800 students.
“Twenty-five percent of all students in our diocesan schools receive support through the Catholic Education Foundation. Statistically, there will be about 10 student performers at our event that are Foundation Scholars and we’re very proud of them,” said Jennifer Georgis, the Foundation’s interim executive director. “The free concert is a wonderful way of showcasing the talent of the students, some of whom might have not even attended the school were it not for a Foundation donor.”
The Sounds of Sacred Music event is also just one of the many ways the students celebrate the impact of the donors. Throughout the school year, for instance, hundreds of students send in handwritten thank you notes in gratitude for their scholarships, Georgis said.
For instance, one fifth-grader wrote: “I am thankful for your gift. My favorite part is music and science. I also love my teacher, she is very nice.”
Another student noted, “My favorite part about school is I can love God and pray every day.”
All Catholic Education Foundation donors are encouraged to attend the upcoming Sounds of Sacred Music celebration and meet some of the students who are being transformed by the gift of Catholic education.
Catholic Education Foundation : 815.221.6127 : 16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403: http://cefjoliet.org/