Hope for the Future has successful Lambs to Leaders Telethon
April 21, 2015 | posted by Stephen Chavez
Supporters of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio rallied together on Tuesday, April 14 to raise $270,000 for tuition assistance for needy students – including a $100,000 matching grant from the WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF).
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller was on the set of the telethon for the majority of the evening and was elated at the support from the community, “What reaches out to my heart is the elderly, who are so convinced, who want to contribute to the cause. I, as leader of this beautiful community in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, I want to say to all of them ‘thanks’…not only tonight, but in days to come, to thank you and thank God for your contributions.”
The telethon aired live on CTSA and KCWX for four hours benefiting Hope for the Future, which provides tuition assistance scholarships to area Catholic schools for more than 2,000 children in grades K-12 annually. The telethon was filmed at Univision KWEX-41 studios, which did live cut-ins on Univision during the telethon. Telethon hosts included Archdiocese of San Antonio Director of Communications, Deacon Pat Rodgers, Guadalupe Radio Network General Manager, Richard Reyna and WellMed Medical Management President (and WCF Board Member) Bryan Grundhoefer.
“It was an amazing evening. We are so blessed and grateful to have this show of support for the mission of Catholic schools,” said Julie Seguin, Director of Hope for the Future. “This telethon completely surpassed our expectation. Thanks to the generosity of Lambs to Leaders viewers, many more children will receive the gift of a Catholic school education.”
Students from area Catholic schools performed dance routines, cheers, recited Shakespeare and more. Catholic high school students staffed the phone bank and answered pledge calls throughout the evening. They joined the many supporters who participated in the show and shared their experiences about Catholic school education and how important it was to their Faith formation and career success.
Many individuals and businesses were generous to make live check presentations that contributed significantly to the final total.
Archbishop Gustavo reiterated the giving spirit of the San Antonio community, “There are many people out there who say, we believe in Catholic [school] education!”
If you missed the telethon, you can visit www.hopeforfuture.org to make your donation today. The Lambs to Leaders telethon was sponsored by the WellMed Charitable Foundation, CTSA Channel 15, Univision 41, Time Warner Cable Media Sales, KCWX and GDC Marketing and Ideation.