Twenty-third annual Fall Scholarship Dinner is October 26 at White’s

WESTPORT, Mass. — The diocesan Foundation to Advance Catholic Education will host the 23rd annual Fall Scholarship Dinner at White’s of Westport on the evening of October 26, 

Proceeds from this event provide need-based scholarships for children attending the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Fall River.

Mark Shriver

FACE is proud to present Mark K. Shriver, author of “Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis.” Shriver will share what he learned on that journey and discuss how Pope Francis’s message of faith, love, humility, and mercy is relevant in today’s world.

Shriver is senior vice president of U.S. Programs & Advocacy at Save the Children and president of Save the Children Action Network.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003 and developed the agency’s domestic early childhood education, literacy and health programs, which focus on underserved rural communities. He also created Save the Children’s domestic emergencies programs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children before, during and after disaster strikes. In 2016, Save the Children’s programs benefitted more than 317,000 children across the country.

An advocate for children throughout his career, Shriver led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters. He was appointed to the commission by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada; he was elected chairman by his fellow commissioners and served in that role for the life of the commission (2008-2011).

In 2013, Shriver created Save the Children’s political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network. SCAN seeks to build bipartisan solutions and generate voter support for policies that ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed. With a grassroots network of more than 200,000 supporters across all 50 states, SCAN is working to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education and to end preventable maternal and child deaths worldwide.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. He was the first chairman of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families, and was appointed chairman of the Children and Youth Subcommittee of Maryland’s House Ways and Means Committee. He was repeatedly recognized as Outstanding Legislator of the Year by prominent advocacy and civic organizations.

In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling. He subsequently created The Choice Jobs Program, Inc., which trains, places and supports former Choice clients in jobs, as well as The Choice Middle Schools Program, a model for keeping at-risk middle school children in school.

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