Gala 22:6 celebrates 19 years of raising funds for scholarships

Sun, Jan 27th 2019 01:25 pm


On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will host the 19th annual Gala 22:6 - A Celebration of Catholic Education. Since its inception in 2001, the dinner has provided more than $4 million in financial assistance to help students and their families who are most in need.
"We believe that the greatest gift one can give is a robust, Catholic education," said Dr. Michael LaFever, superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, adding, "This special evening is our chance to help ensure that opportunity for even more Western New York families." 
For 2019, the gala will celebrate the theme "A Place to Belong," showcasing all of the endless possibilities afforded to children who attend Catholic schools. Cocktail hour will feature the event's first-ever student art show,with work from students pre-K through eighth grade will have work displayed and bid on. Gala 22:6 also honors select individuals who have made an impact on their schools in meaningful ways. 
Katherine K. Juhasz and John C. Dwyer will each receive the Bishop's Medal.
 Juhasz readily stands as a pillar of faith-filled philanthropy within Western New York, both personally and through her family foundation. Dwyer has dedicated himself to keeping the spirit of Catholic education alive throughout Genesee County, regularly investing in its local schools and programming. 
This year's Tim Russert's Sr. Lucille Socciarelli & Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award goes to Colleen Milette.
The Natalie Mattimore Lewis Kindness Counts Character Award will be presnted to Gabrielle Adamczyk is a seventh-grader at SS. Peter & Paul School in Williamsville who is said to exemplify "humility in motion." Nominators from her schools cite Miss Adamczyk's daily posting of handwritten words of encouragement on her peers' lockers and volunteering at school swim meets to motivate team members.
Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are still available for this event. Visit
For more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Laura DeMizio at or by phone 718-847-8373.


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