Catholic Education Dinner to be held Jan. 29

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Nearly 1,200 guests are expected at the 15th annual Catholic Education Dinner, to be held Jan. 29 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. The dinner is the largest annual education fund-raiser for the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, with proceeds used to provide tuition assistance for children in Catholic elementary schools throughout Western New York. For the current school year, 1,730 students are being helped, with an average grant of $1,000. About 35 percent of those funds came from last year’s dinner.

Previously known as the Making a Difference Dinner, the event is changing its name this year to GALA 22:6, a reference to Proverbs 22:6, “Train up the children in a way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”

Keynote speaker will be Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta. Chris and Jill Marks of Orchard Park are chairing the event. Eugene and Pia O’Connor are vice chairs.

GALA 22:6 begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be at 6:45 p.m. For more information, to donate or for tickets, call Laura DeMizio, special events coordinator for the Diocese foundation, at 847-8370, or go online at


Published in the Buffalo News