23rd Annual FACE Summer Un-Gala

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Thank you to everyone who supported the FACE Summer Un-Gala!

Watch the FACE Summer Un-Gala Video

Thank you to the FACE Un-Gala Committee!

FACE Event Co-Chairs

Pat and Jim Gonet


Lori Bonzagni
Joan Borgatti
Richard and Marilyn Colman
Janet and C. Michael Daley
Louis and Louise DiMeo
Cindy Dufresne
Christina Duggan
Shawna Erickson

Peggy Foley
Mary Ellen Francis
Rebecca Hancock
Robyn Hardy
Albert Makkay, Jr.
Maureen Makkay
Pat Marmen
Larry McGrath, Esq.

Gillian Lewis Milligan
Elizabeth O’Brien, Esq.
Marcel and Mary Jane Poyant
Richard and Anne Prior
Jane Robin
David Saba
Miriam Finn Sherman

FACE Summer Un-Gala Raffle Winners

$500 Amazon Gift Card Winner: Al Moore
$250 Amazon Gift Card Winner: Elizabeth O’Brien, Esq.
$250 Amazon Gift Card Winner: MA State Knights of Columbus

Auction Item Winner

The Person with the Highest Bid for Dinner with Bishop da Cunha is Dr. Ed and Marti Palank

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Founder’s Circle – $50,000 – $100,000

The Flatley Foundation
The Carney Family Charitable Foundation

Blue Hydrangea – $25,000


English Roseum Rhododendron – $10,000 – $24,999

Janet and C. Michael Daley
BayCoast Bank

Stella D’Oro Daylily – $5,000-$9,999

Bob and Mary Doyle
Louis and Louise DiMeo
The Gleason Family Foundation – Al Moore
John Redding
Patricia and Jonathan Stott
Michael D. White

Cranberry Rose – $2,500-$4,999

Falmouth Toyota – The Murphy Family
Jack and Rosemary MacKinnon
Maureen Makkay
Massachusetts State Council Knights of Columbus
Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
Robert and Judith Winston

Seaside Goldenrod – $1,000-$2,499

Rev. George C. Bellenoit
Joseph and Marilyn Benoit
Catholic Schools Alliance
Nick and Meg Christ
Mr. & Mrs. William Christie
Richard and Marilyn Colman
Joseph Feitelberg
David T. Gay, Esq. and Patricia M. Gay
Gay & Gay, P.C.
Rev. George E. Harrison, Pastor, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich
Rev. John Kelleher, Pastor, St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Parish, Nantucket
Kevin and Susan Kiley
Richard and Muriel Lafrance
Albert Makkay, Jr.
Tom and Pat Marmen
Dr. Ed and Marti Palank
Brett and Kerry Peroni
Mim and Jeff Sherman

Cape Cod Daisy – $200-$999

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Antonellis
Mark and Marcia Carchidi
Claudine Cloutier, Esq.
Tim and Pam Cronin
Peggy Foley
George and Kathy Mandigo
Mary and Larry McGrath, Esq.
Steve and Mary Navicky
Elizabeth O’Brien, Esq.
Mary Jane and Marcel Poyant
Richard and Anne Prior
Jane and Kevin Robin
Diane and Jim Quinn
Rev. Richard Wilson, V.G.
Arthur and Diane Wyman

Sunflower Friends – under $199

Joan and Randall Borgatti
Vincent Byrne
Rose Cavanaugh
Georgette Chiasson
Neil Doherty
Christina Duggan
Shawna Erickson
John and Sandra Ferrari
Mary Ellen Francis
John and Robyn Hardy
Anna Marini
Thomas and Janice Martin, In Honor of Sandro Correa
John McDonald
Mary Moran
Luce Murphy
Helen O’Halloran
Cassandra Robin
MaryPat St. Jean
Jeanne Towers
Ann Vaughan
Judith Willey

In-Kind Donors

Hyannis Country Garden
Maureen Makkay

History of the FACE Summer Gala

Since the opening of the first school, it has been the desire of the Diocese of Fall River to make a Catholic education accessible to all families who wish to provide one for their children. It was to this end that, in 1991, the Diocese established the St. Mary’s Education Fund using the proceeds from the sale of the St. Mary’s orphanage home. The Fund, established as a separately incorporated entity, has since provided need-based scholarships to enable students to attend the Catholic Schools of the Diocese. In 2015, the St. Mary’s Education Fund changed its name to the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE).

The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE) continues to meet the original mission of the St. Mary’s Education Fund in supporting scholarships for children. The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education strives to support welcoming more culturally and economically diverse students to our Catholic Schools, while addressing the sustained increase in the demand for financial assistance for families seeking to send their children to our schools. The goal of the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education is to ensure that no child is deprived of the opportunity to attend one of the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Fall River due to financial hardship. A commitment to FACE is an investment in the future education and dreams of hundreds of children from all across the Diocese.

In Memory of Roy Jarrett, A Champion of Supporting Catholic Education

In 1997, the first St. Mary’s Education Fund Summer Gala Committee was created. Roy Jarrett joined the committee on Cape Cod as a founding member. He remained a dedicated member of what has become known as the FACE Summer Gala for 22 years. His presence could be found at every meeting, as he conscientiously volunteered for FACE and helped disseminate its importance in the wider community. Roy never missed the FACE Summer Gala. He was a devoted and enthusiastic supporter of FACE and proudly served as Chairperson in 2011. In 2019, Roy attended the 22nd Annual FACE Summer Gala and sadly passed away ten days later at the age of 91.

We honor our beloved friend Roy and remember him as a kind and generous person. He graciously and thoughtfully remembered FACE in his estate arrangements, leaving a legacy to benefit students. Through Roy’s generosity, his everlasting support will assist hundreds of children in need of financial support to receive a Catholic education.

Learn more about our Catholic Schools and their resiliency during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Fall River serve over 6,000 students in more than 20 schools. Our schools are committed to educating the “whole” student – in body, mind and spirit. Even during this unprecedented and challenging time, our students are challenged to achieve their highest potential as they continue to be called to grow in faith and values, to pursue academic excellence, and to become leaders who are committed to serving God and others.