Supporters of Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund gathered at Great American Ballpark to kick off the organization’s annual fundraising campaign. This year’s goal: $2.9 million.
CISE provides access to Catholic education to more than 1,800 students at eight inner-city elementary schools and more than 300 students at Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
The annual campaign is the single largest source of funding for CISE. Tina and Andy Hawking share co-chair duties with Christy and Terry Horan.
“Rewriting the future of more than 2,000 local students is no small feat, and happens only with belief in the power of community,” said kickoff keynote speaker Jill Meyer, president and CEO of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
At the kickoff, Carol and Richard Stevie received the Faith in Education Award from Bishop Joseph R. Binzer. The award salutes outstanding support for the advancement of CISE’s mission.
Bob Hodge was also honored for his 16 years as CISE board chair.