Catholic Education Arizona to Celebrate Catholic Schools, Salute Corporate Philanthropy for Families

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Catholic Education Arizona will be recognizing many of its corporate contributors at the upcoming Night of Hope event celebrating Catholic education.

Our Catholic schools go above and beyond the standards for Arizona and for the nation,” - MaryBeth Mueller, Superintendent of Schools

Catholic Education Arizona will be participating in the 6th annual Night of Hope Dinner for Catholic schools on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. While joining Bishops Thomas Olmsted and Eduardo Nevares in a diocese-wide celebration of Catholic schools, the organization will salute companies that have donated scholarships to help qualified low-income students attend Catholic schools.

“Our Catholic schools go above and beyond the standards for Arizona and for the nation,” said MaryBeth Mueller, Superintendent of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and a Catholic Education Arizona board member. “The Night of Hope is about celebrating the success of these schools and the positive impact they have on students, families, and the larger community. Our whole community is better because of the contributions of our Catholic schools.”

Night of Hope is an evening of dinner and fellowship to benefit our students and to honor “Guardians of Hope.” Recognizing that Catholic education is vital to the future of our Church, its mission is to make a Catholic education affordable and accessible to those who truly want to bring up their children in a loving, faith-filled environment.

Dr. Vincent Sheridan, respected educator and long-time principal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Tempe, AZ, will receive the “Guardian of Hope, Catholic Educator Award.”

Catholic Education Arizona will present National Bank of Arizona with the “Guardian of Hope, Corporate Partner Award,” and a dozen other companies will be recognized for their participation in the Arizona Corporate Tuition Tax Credit as well. Companies that take advantage of the dollar-for-dollar state tax credit also receive a federal tax deduction. Scholarship recipients gain the opportunity to experience the “Catholic School advantage” which includes robust character formation, a 99 percent high school graduation rate and 97 percent to-post-secondary rate.

The state’s largest provider of need-based funds to students attending K-12 Diocese of Phoenix Catholic schools, Catholic Education Arizona has paid-out $124 million in awards since 1998 to low-income families that desire, but cannot otherwise afford, a Catholic education for their children. Nearly half of all enrolled diocesan Catholic school students qualify for and receive financial assistance from Catholic Education Arizona.

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