LeMoyne College and Rev. Charles Vavonese to be Honored at 6th Annual Light the Way Dinner for Catholic Schools

Friday, December 16, 2011 - Syracuse

Rev. Charles Vavonese and LeMoyne College are the honorees for the Sixth Annual Light the Way Dinner on behalf of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Syracuse. The dinner will be held on Friday, January 27th, 2012 at the Oncenter in Downtown Syracuse. The annual dinner raises funds for financial aid across the twenty two Catholic schools of the diocese.

Rev. Charles Vavonese is being honored for his years of leadership and service to the Catholic schools in the diocese. He served as the Assistant Superintendent of Catholic schools for over 25 years specializing in curriculum, personnel and legal matters. He also served as a member of the faculty at Oswego Catholic High, Bishop Ludden and Bishop Grimes High Schools. During his time in the Catholic Schools office, he was an integral catalyst in forming the many partnerships that exist today with LeMoyne College.

LeMoyne College is being honored for its longstanding commitment to Catholic education in the Diocese of Syracuse. LeMoyne College has invested in enhancing Catholic education through three innovative partnerships with the diocese-- The Loyola Institute, the Teacher and Administrator Training Program and the LeMoyne Teacher Corp at Cathedral Academy at Pompei. The Loyola Institute is a unique program which allows students from Bishop Ludden Jr.-Sr. High School, Bishop Grimes Jr. / Sr. High School and Christian Brothers Academy to experience the benefits of a Jesuit education and earn 12 college credits and up to $58,000 in college savings, while putting themselves on the fast track for higher education. The Teacher Administrator Training Program allows Catholic School teachers to pursue their Masters or Administrator Certification in which Lemoyne, the diocese and the teacher each pays a third of the cost. The LeMoyne Teacher Corps is yet another example of LeMoyne’s commitment to Catholic education and community involvement especially for their students. LeMoyne provides a corp of student teachers to work in the school providing educational instruction to the CAP students. At the same time, the college students gain practical teaching experience and hands on community involvement.

Dinner tickets are $125.00 per person and can be purchased by calling the Catholic Schools Office at (315) 470.1450. For more information, contact Danielle Cummings, Assistant Chancellor/Director of Communications at (315)470-1476.


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