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Hope for the Future announces 2016 Khaki & Plaid Homecoming Court nominees
September 16, 2015 | posted by Today's Catholic Newspaper
Nominees that raise the most funds will be crowned King & Queen in January
SAN ANTONIO • Hope for the Future announced Sept. 8 the 2016 Khaki & Plaid Homecoming Court as part of the Seventh Annual Khaki & Plaid Gala. The Homecoming-Red Carpet Reunion themed gala will feature a Homecoming Court comprised of 10 (five male and five female) business and civic leaders. Homecoming Court nominees are tasked with helping to raise funds and awareness for Catholic school education.
The pair that raises the most funds will be crowned the King and Queen at the Hope for the Future Khaki & Plaid Gala Homecoming 2016 | Red Carpet Reunion Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, which will take place in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom C.
Proceeds from the Homecoming Court and the Khaki & Plaid Gala are distributed in the form of tuition assistance to economically disadvantaged families to attend a Catholic school of their choice in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
2016 Homecoming Court Nominees:
Fabius Bascon, SAWS, attended St. Pius V elementary school in Pasadena, Texas and continued his Catholic school education at St. Thomas High School in Houston. He later attended the University of Dallas and is currently employed with the San Antonio Water System. He is committed to Catholic school education and is a part of technology and booster clubs at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School and St. John Paul II Catholic High School.
Patti Jo Bliss, Frost Bank, is a Catholic School alumna of St. Margaret Mary elementary, and St. Gerard High School. She graduated from Texas State University, when it was Southwest Texas, and is currently senior vice president at Frost Bank.
Paula Dickson, community leader, is originally from England; she is excited about participating as a member of this year’s court because they didn’t have homecoming in the Old Country. She attended St. Ambrose elementary in Manchester, and followed a parochial path by graduating from St. Thomas Moore High School in Bournemouth, England. Paula is married to a graduate of Central Catholic High School and St. Mary’s University, David Dickson, and both are active in support of Catholic education at all levels. In fact, the newly remodeled Baseball Stadium at St. Mary’s University bears the name “Dickson Stadium” in honor of Paula and David’s exemplary leadership.
Bryan Grundhoefer, WellMed, is the president of WellMed and along with his wife Mary Jo, who is this year's Board Chair of Hope for the Future, are well regarded benefactors of Catholic education here in San Antonio, along with other charities and non-profit causes. He received his elementary education at Immaculate Conception school in Owensboro, Ken.
Tim Laudadio, Bell Consulting, Inc., is the owner of the Helotes based company Bell Consulting. He is originally from Corpus Christi where he attended St. Patrick Catholic School and graduated from Corpus Christi Academy. He and his wife Nanette are active parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Church.
Kevin McLoughlin, Nationwide Insurance, attended St. Mel Catholic School and Holy Cross High School before finishing at Churchill. He graduated from Baylor University and has a successful Nationwide Insurance Agency. Kevin and his wife Laurie are active members at St. Pius X Church.
Janet Pollock, Alamo Group Inc., attended Transfiguration Elementary Catholic School in St. Louis, MO followed by Rosary Catholic High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from St. Mary’s University. Currently, she is the vice-president of Human Resources at the Publicly Traded Alamo Group located in Seguin. She and her husband, David, a Central Catholic graduate, are parishioners at St. Matthew Church.
Anabel Rodriguez, community leader, is a proud supporter and former parent of Mount Sacred Heart Catholic School students. Her children went on to attend Central Catholic High School and Antonian College Preparatory High School. She enjoys attending weekly Mass with her children at school and continues to be involved at Mount Sacred Heart Catholic School, as well as at her parish Blessed Sacrament Church. She and her husband, attorney Fidel Rodriguez have three children and love supporting Catholic school education.
Sister Jane Ann Slater, Archdiocese of San Antonio, attended elementary school at Providence Academy and completed High School at St. Edward School, both in Texarkana, Arkansas. Upon completion, Sr. Jane Ann pursued and obtained an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from our Lady of the Lake College here in San Antonio and ultimately achieved a prestigious PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Sister Jane Ann was the former president of Our Lady of the Lake University and now serves as Chancellor for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
BJ Stewart, GDC Marketing & Ideation, is a product of our Catholic schools, St. Luke Catholic School and Central Catholic high school. He continued his Catholic education at the collegiate level having attended the University of Dallas and finishing at Southern Methodist University with a double major in Art History and Advertising. He is employed by the GDC Marketing and Ideation firm as an account executive. He is an active member of St. Luke Church.
The Homecoming Court individuals were nominated from their peers in recognition of their support of the Catholic school community. Each dollar raised is considered one “vote” and the final tally will be taken the night of the Khaki & Plaid Gala. This year’s executive chairs are Bruce and Cindy Vaio along with honorary chairs, Clarence and Tina Kahlig.
“Last year’s Homecoming Court took the challenge to heart and laid a solid foundation from which to evolve,” said Bruce and Cindy Vaio. “We are truly grateful for the inaugural leadership provided and will work hard with this year’s nominees to build upon last year’s success. We are blessed to have a great group of men and women leaders who are motivated to serve the Catholic schools community. Cindy and I applaud their passion and commitment, and we anticipate an exciting journey leading up to the Khaki & Plaid Gala in January.”