FACE celebrates 20 years at Summer Gala
Presents awards in honor of Feitelberg, Makkay

MASHPEE, Mass. — The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education celebrated 20 years of providing scholarships and financial aid to students wishing to attend one of the Catholic schools within the Fall River Diocese with a Summer Gala event held at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee on July 14.

To mark the special occasion, FACE established two annual awards in memory of Sheila Dunne Feitelberg and Al Makkay Sr., both of whom were well-known supporters of Catholic education in the diocese.

The first annual “Sheila Dunne Feitelberg Award” was presented to Joseph Feitelberg and family and will be given to recognize outstanding service to FACE as a volunteer or philanthropist in subsequent years. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Sheila founded the Fall River Hospice in 1990 and co-founded the St. Mary’s Education Fund (now FACE), which has helped to raise more than $5.5 million to benefit 6,000 children.

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The first annual “Al Makkay Sr. Award” was presented to Maureen Makkay and family and will be given to recognize outstanding contributions by students or teachers in the Catholic schools of Cape Cod in subsequent years. A brilliant broadcasting executive, Makkay was active with many local veterans groups and worked tirelessly on humanitarian projects, including building a school in Guaimaca, Honduras. He was an ardent supporter of FACE and Catholic education.

This year’s gala featured master of ceremonies Billy Costa, Boston TV and radio personality and the host of “High School Quiz Show” on WGBH and NESN’s “Dining Playbook.”

In his welcoming letter, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., thanked everyone for supporting FACE and for “investing in the future of the many children who will benefit from your generosity.”

“The need to provide a quality Catholic education has never been greater, but your commitment in these challenging times has never been more appreciated,” the bishop said.

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