The Catholic Foundation is proud to celebrate Catholic education and honored to be a part of the Lightbourn Family Fund Alumni Summer Social, an event created to bring Catholic high school graduates and their families together for food and fellowship, and to highlight the importance of providing scholarships for El Paso students to attend Catholic schools.
Cathedral, Father Yermo, Jesuit, and Loretto Academy graduates are cordially invited to the Alumni Summer Social on Saturday, August 4. Mass will be celebrated at 4pm at Loretto’s St. Joseph's Chapel and a swimming party and social will follow at Guadalupe Hall. Complimentary food and a cash bar will be provided and families are welcome. The Summer Social is generously sponsored by the Lightbourn Family Fund.
The Summer Social is an event that was created to bring Catholic high school graduates and their families together for food and fellowship, and to highlight the importance of providing scholarships for El Paso students to attend Catholic schools.
The Summer Social was initiated by Sam Lightbourn, a graduate of Cathedral and Texas Western College (UTEP), a proud Marine and member of the 19th Rifle Company, USMCR Foundation, Inc. and a magnanimous donor for many years to Catholic education. He is passionate about raising funds for more El Paso students to attend Catholic schools and believes that this event can raise awareness and forge collaborations. He not only gives of his resources, but he gives nonstop of himself. Mr. Lightbourn splits his time between El Paso and Manhattan Beach, California, where he is a real-estate developer.
The Foundation currently manages 88 separate endowment funds for charities, ministries, parishes, and schools. Of these, 25 funds are designated for Catholic schools and have a combined value of close to $7 million; each one of El Paso’s schools has at least one endowed fund for scholarships. A scholarship endowment fund is a personalized endowment to help El Paso students achieve their educational goals and empower them to improve their lives and aspire to higher education. These funds can be established to help pay tuition or other expenses for K-12. Scholarship endowment funds are a wonderful way to honor and memorialize a loved one and create a lasting legacy. The Catholic Schools’ mission is to proclaim the Gospel and teach as Jesus did.
The Foundation’s Scholarship program has provided countless opportunities to enrich the lives of students and their families. To date, the Foundation has awarded $208,361 to 141 students for the 2018-2019 school year from the General Scholarship Fund (EAF), Hearst Scholarship Fund, Miles Scholarship Fund, Bishop’s Scholarship Fund, Faith Scholarship Fund, Hunt Scholarship Fund (provided by a grant from the Hunt Family Foundation), Msgr. Smith Scholarship Fund, Nancy Mendez Saucedo Scholarship Fund, and the Elizabeth Wiehe Scholarship Fund. This work is only possible with the generosity of donors and benefactors, and the Catholic school administrators who educate, nurture, and inspire our students on a daily basis.
We know that education impacts lives, the scholarship opportunities for Catholic schools are truly transforming lives. For more information about the Catholic Foundation and our work and to make your gift to a scholarship fund, visit supportcatholicschools.org. For inquiries about the Summer Social, please contact Major Gifts Officer Sofía Larkin at 915.872.8412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.