2013 Champions of Catholic Foundation!

The second annual Celebration of Faith was held October 12, 2013 at the Yakima Convention Center. The purpose was two-fold:  First, to raise funds to support Catholic education in Central Washington (Catholic schools and parish religious education programs).  Second, to honor the 2013 Champions of Catholic Education.  These wonderful people are exemplary models of Catholic stewardship of time, talent and treasure as they have poured their hearts and lives into providing Catholic education in our parishes and schools.

The keynote speaker was Fr. Joe Copora, CSC, director of Notre Dame's ACE program and author of "To Nurture the Soul of  a Nation".  Other speakers included Jeff Charbonneau, National Teacher of the Year, Bishop Joseph Tyson, and Mary Lindquist Herche, Vice Chair of Gonzaga University Board of Regents.  Masters of Cememonies were Benjamin Record, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, and Cassie Riel, La Salle High School senior.

The event raised over $200,000.  Part of the proceeds are designated for tuition assistance for current recipients and new students who will be enrolling in our eight Catholic schools in Central Washington for the 2014-15 academic year.  The application process began January 6, 2014.  Additional proceeds are designated for grants to parishes to support their RE/RCIA programs.  That process also started on January 6, 2014.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards

Presented to those who have dedicated their time, talent and treasure to religious education, faith formation and RCIA programs in their parishes.

Ree Kearns

Holy Family Parish
Yakima, WA

Pat Stevens

Our Lady of Fatima
Moses Lake, WA

Kay Shepard

St. Joe's Parish
Wenatchee, WA

Graciela Gutierrez

Immaculate Conception Parish
Mabton, WA

Saint John Baptist De Le Salle Awards

Presented to those who have excelled as educators in our Catholic schools.

Brother Dan Morgan, FSC

La Salle High School
Yakima, WA

Judy Davis

St. Paul Cathedral School
Yakima, WA

Kathleen Cleary

St. Joe School
Kennewick, WA

Saint Thomas Aquinas Award

Presented to those who have been major benefactors of Catholic education in Central Washington.

De La Salle Christian Brothers

La Salle High School
Yakima, WA

Michael & Clara Gamache

La Salle High School/Gamache Chapel of John Baptist de la Salle
Yakima, WA

Thank You To Our Partners!


Evan & Sue Jones


Randy & Jane Dickinson


Joseph Murphy


William Murphy


Dave & Ann Sonn