HAGERSTOWN — St. Maria Goretti High School recently was awarded a matching grant from the Salah Foundation.
The school will receive a match of up to $30,000 for money it raises through its upcoming Evening at the Races event on May 5.
The event will benefit the school’s financial aid program, which aims to keep tuition as affordable as possible for families.
The foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the United States that strengthen families and communities and advance individuals to become productive and responsible citizens. The organization has a special interest in education, medical research, community development and self-sufficiency programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, the elderly and the disabled.
Richard Fairley, Goretti’s principal, expressed his excitement and appreciation for receiving the matching grant.
“We are very grateful to the Salah Foundation for this wonderful opportunity to increase the resources of our financial aid program,” Fairley said. “The program goes a long way to making an education at Goretti possible for many deserving students throughout the four-state region. We are prayerfully asking everyone in the community to consider a sponsorship or donation toward this event to help us achieve the maximum amount of the matching grant.”
Members of the Goretti family, including administration, faculty and staff, parents and alumni are working together to spread the word about the matching grant and the Evening at the Races. The school is seeking support from local businesses for sponsorships and auction item donations.
The derby day-themed Evening at the Races will feature a live screening of the Kentucky Derby. Accompanying the theme will be games, raffles, a best hat contest, and live and silent auctions. Lou Scally will be on hand as the event’s guest auctioneer. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing.
The event will be at Beaver Creek Country Club in Hagerstown. Tickets cost $75 per person and can be purchased by calling the school at 301-739-4266.
Those not able to attend the event, but who still would like to make a donation toward the matching grant challenge, should call the school.