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May 8, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
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FACE is turning 39 this year. Planners are putting together a fabulous party at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum on May 20 to celebrate.

What they're celebrating is Family Aid-Catholic Education, which has been providing tuition assistance to families who would like the benefits of Catholic education for their children, but need help attaining that goal.


2017 Gala
Inspiring Hope in Catholic Education

When: May 20

Where: Blackhawk Automotive Museum, Danville

Tickets: $150 per person
Supports Family Aid Catholic Education

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FACE facts

2016-17 school year

721 students received $1.6 million

396 elementary pupils, $1,750 each

325 high school students, $3,050 each

Attending 50 schools in the diocese

This year, 721 students — 325 in high school and 396 in elementary school, in 50 schools throughout the diocese — depend on FACE. These students were chosen from among 2,600 qualified applicants.

The need is great. More than 3,000 families — representing 4,500 children — have applied for FACE grants. Eligibility is being determined.

The annual gala is the main fundraising event for FACE. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, plans to be there.

The automotive museum is a popular gathering place. "We're excited to be back, said Philip Toups, interim director of mission advancement for the Diocese of Oakland. "Everyone loves the venue."

The cars are a big attraction. The cocktail hour will provide an opportunity to be photographed with one of the collection's cool vehicles.

In addition to the surf and turf dinner, there will be raffles and auctions, both silent and live. Among the auction items will be a house in Kona for a week, a condo in Monterey for four nights, a baseball signed by Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants and a dinner hosted by Bishop Barber.

The most heartfelt moments of these annual events is the appearance of student speakers, who tell donors how FACE has made a difference in their lives.

A student speaker from Carondelet High School in Concord is expected this year.

Toups recalled a student speaker from a previous gala who told the gathering that going to Catholic school had been his parents' idea — and not one he favored.

The students he had traveled with before, he told the audience, had dropped out of high school, were in gangs and some in juvenile hall.

That's what his life would have been without FACE, he told the audience.

Attendees leave the event with the sense of having had a good time, for a good cause, Toups said.

"They have a sense of the impact on people's lives," Toups said. "You've made a difference, not just for the community but for the lives of individuals and their families."

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