Education dinner to feature students

Special ambassadors for Catholic education will be featured at a Sept. 29 dinner honoring educators – 45 of the students being taught in 19 Omaha-area elementary and high schools.

The students will showcase the great diversity in Catholic schools – in age, ethnicity, even school uniforms, said Kaitlyn Maloney, a development officer with the archdiocese’s Stewardship and Development Office who is helping organize the 39th annual Archbishop’s Dinner for Education at the Embassy Suites in La Vista.

Proceeds from the dinner provide scholarships for families in need, with a portion of funds matched by the Children’s Scholarship Fund of New York.

Tickets are $125 per person; $60 if under 35, a past honoree, or a priest or religious sister or brother. Reservations are available through the Stewardship and Development Office at 402-557-5650, ask for Kaitlyn or Janet, or on the web at

Chairpersons are Ann and Kurt Tjaden of St. Pius X Parish and co-chairs are Denise and Tate Fitzgerald of St. Wenceslaus Parish, both in Omaha.

Two administrators and six teachers will be honored at the dinner:

Administrators of the year are Jay Dunlap of Madonna School and its community-based services in Omaha, and Don Blackbird of the St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago.

Teachers of the year are Sharon Genoways, Marian High School in Omaha; Mary Jo Kampschneider, Guardian Angels Central Catholic High School in West Point; Lisa Benson, St. Matthew the Evangelist School in Bellevue; and Amy Sokol, St. Anthony School in Columbus.

Teachers of the year for special education and inner city schools, and Maginn Family Foundation honorees, are Mary Fisher, Sacred Heart School, and Colleen Mertz, Holy Name School, both in Omaha.


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