OSTERVILLE — The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE) Summer Gala to support student scholarships was held at the Wianno Club in Osterville on August 4.  This marked the 25th anniversary of this special event on Cape Cod.

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., presents the Al Makkay Sr. Friend of Catholic Education Award to Ann Marie Shaw at the recent FACE Summer Gala.

Master of Ceremonies, co-host of the Wake-Up Cape Cod radio program, Kevin Matthews, welcomed guests followed by the Invocation led by Father Gregory Mathias, pastor at Our Lady of Victory in Centerville and Our Lady of the Assumption in Osterville. 

The FACE Summer Gala Committee, led by co-chairs and loyal FACE supporters, Dick and Marilyn Colman of Osterville, together with the entire committee, planned for months to create an exciting event to raise visibility and funds for FACE scholarship support.   

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., presented the 2022 Al Makkay Sr. Friend of Catholic Education Award to a dedicated and well-loved member of the Catholic school community, Ann-Marie Shaw, who has served as Office Administrator at St. Pius X School in South Yarmouth for more than 15 years.

 Shaw began her career at St. Pius shortly after she and her husband John enrolled their daughter Isabella in the kindergarten program there many years ago. Isabella is now a Harvard graduate. The school culture is impacted by her demeanor, her commitment, and her work ethic, as well as her desire to share the St. Pius spirit with everyone she meets.

Guests enjoyed a special performance by Cape Cod’s talented a cappella group, Hyannis Sound. Students from St. Pius X School and St. John Paul II School greeted guests at the event, which offered a lively program including a Live Auction and a Fund-a-Mission 

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 of Fall River, thousands of children receive a Catholic faith-based education in high-quality environments dedicated to helping them reach their God-given potential. 

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FACE and the diocese will have a special second collection at all Masses September 11 and 12.