The 22nd annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner to celebrate Catholic education in Frederick County was hosted by Friends of Catholic Education Inc. at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant. The dinner honors the dedication and accomplishments of the teachers, staff and administration at Mother Seton School, St. John Regional Catholic School, St. Thomas More Academy and Saint John’s Catholic Prep. According to their mission statement, Friends of Catholic Education is “dedicated to providing a Catholic school education in Frederick County for all who seek it.” Established in 1989, this is their 31st anniversary and during that time, they have provided more than $5 million in financial assistance to Catholic schools and students in the county through scholarships, tuition assistance grants, capital improvement grants and tuition credits through their Grocery Card Program.
Karen Murphy, the associate superintendent for Catholic schools at the Archdiocese of Baltimore, gave an inspirational keynote address to the 200-plus guests from the county’s Catholic schools, as well as clergy, board of trustees and advisory board members, benefactors and guests. They were also honored Mount St. Mary’s University President Tim Trainor and Mount professor Liz Monahan, the director of the Center for Catholic School Excellence.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Friends of Catholic Education Teaching Award of Excellence by board of trustees president Bill Milani and executive director Michele Corr to Julia Conway, Mother Seton School; Jennifer Rooney, St. John Regional Catholic School; Danielle Licata, St. Thomas More Academy; and Janet Ryczko, Saint John’s Catholic Prep.
The donations of generous sponsors paid for the entire evening. The Friends of Catholic Education Board of Trustees expresses their gratitude to The Plamondon Companies — Roy Rogers Restaurants, Plamondon Hospitality Partners, The Atkinson-McGowan-Harris Team of Merrill Lynch, Mount St. Mary’s University, Dr. Carol Hinds, Peter and Lorrie Plamondon, David M. Grove Attorney-at-Law, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Dr. Bernadette Emerson, Mike and Liz Kinley, IP DataSystems, Mike and Rita McGowan, Saint John’s Catholic Prep, Pat and Molly Crowley, Dr. Thomas and Irene Powell, FCB Bank, Al Edwards, Mother Seton School, John and Karen O’Boyle, Tracy and Lisa Hickman, Bill Mohan, Frank and Laureen Lipscomb, Bernie and Carol Grove, Dave and Barb Miller, St. John Regional Catholic School, St. Thomas More Academy, Brian and Dawn Riesett, Bill and Cindy Milani, Tim and MaryBeth O’Boyle, Dr. Jim Merkel, as well as the many door prize sponsors.
To find out about scholarship opportunities or to contribute to Friends of Catholic Education Inc., contact executive director Michele Corr, at 301-846-7804, P.O. Box 3710 Frederick, MD 21705, email@example.com or visit the website at www.friendsofcatholiced.org.