$425,000 Net from the Event Shatters Last Year’s Record $375,000

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 27, 2018) – The Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville announced record results from its annual Salute to THE GAME luncheon held earlier today at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. This unique event celebrates the nationally recognized rivalry and thrill of the annual Saint Xavier – Trinity high school football game to be played at Cardinal Stadium on Friday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m.

This year’s Salute luncheon attracted 1,100 guests and raised a record net of $425,000, rocketing past last year’s previous record of $375,000.  Since its inception, the Salute luncheon has raised nearly $2.3 million. All of the net proceeds from this event will benefit the Foundation in its work to support Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville and make Catholic schools accessible by everyone.

Foundation President Richard A. Lechleiter commented, “In only its eleventh year, this hallmark community event is propelling our mission to new heights! We are deeply indebted to all of our friends in the Saint Xavier and Trinity communities for allowing the Foundation to benefit from this storied rivalry.”

The Foundation recently announced that for the fourth consecutive year, every student applicant with a demonstrated financial need earned an award.  Together with their funding partners, the Catholic Education Foundation provided tuition assistance to an all-time high 3,100 elementary students with an astonishing $6.4 million in funding for the current school year.  Mr. Lechleiter noted, “At the Catholic Education Foundation, ‘The Answer is YES!’”

The major benefactors of this year’s Salute luncheon, each of whom donated $25,000 or more to the event, were:  The Galt House Hotel and WDRB – TV (presenting sponsors); John and Sarah Lechleiter; David and Cathy Durik; the Steve and Kathy Ford Family; the Daniel C. Ulmer Family; Tom and Rhonda Wimsett; and the Richard and Janice Lechleiter Family.