OSTERVILLE — The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE) Summer Gala to support student scholarships for children to attend the Diocese of Fall River’s Catholic Schools was held at the Wianno Club in Osterville, on August 17.  The FACE Summer Gala Committee, led by chairs and loyal FACE supporters Pat and Tom Marmen of Osterville, worked for months to create an exciting event to raise visibility and funds for FACE scholarship support.  

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., presents the Al Makkay Sr. award to Jim ”Mr. Rem” Remillard at the annual FACE Summer Gala.

A crowd of nearly 200 attended a cocktail hour featuring the acoustic music of Greg Hall while mingling and meeting students from St. Pius X School in South Yarmouth and St. John Paul II School in Hyannis. 

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., presented the 2023 Al Makkay Sr. Friend of Catholic Education Award to a dedicated and beloved member of the Catholic school community, Jim Remillard, who served as Science Department Chairperson and Technology Coordinator at St. John Paul II School. 

“Mr. Rem,” as he is known, taught Marine Science, Earth Science, Bioethics, Engineering or Biology. He was nominated and chosen for embodying all the qualities of a great teacher: respect and high expectations for all students; a collegial relationship with other teachers and staff; and a deep commitment to the values of St. John Paul II School. After a 16-year career at St. John Paul II School, Mr. Rem is retiring.

Special thanks went out to Mr. Rem, for his dedication and service to the school community. 

The evening’s program also included a Live Auction and a Fund a Mission as well as a special celebration in honor of Bishop da Cunha’s 70th birthday.

This year’s FACE Summer Gala raised nearly $200,000 for Catholic school students in need of financial assistance in the Diocese of Fall River. Each day in Catholic schools across the diocese, thousands of children receive a values- and faith-based education in high-quality environments dedicated to helping them reach their God-given potential.

For more information about FACE visit www.FACE-dfr.org.