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“Let Us Rejoice”


a benefit gala for

the Catholic education foundation


Give the gift of Catholic education to children most in need.

100% of your gift this evening will be matched -
and will go directly to supporting student scholarships.

Please join us on October 29th as we celebrate the Catholic Education Foundation's 25th anniversary and continue the vision of our founders by helping to put Catholic education within reach of every family, regardless of their financial means. Proceeds benefit tuition-assistance scholarships for students most in need.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Overland Park Convention Center

6:00 pm Cocktails
7:15 pm Dinner
8:45 pm Live Band & Dancing

Cocktail Attire

The 2021 Gaudeamus benefit gala, CEF’s signature fundraising event, will be celebrated live and in-person at the
Overland Park Convention Center on Saturday, October 23rd! Funds raised support Catholic school scholarships for
low-income students throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Last year’s Gaudeamus gala empowered CEF to provide more than $2 million in scholarship funding to nearly 1,500 low-income students in the ‘20-’21 school year. Thanks to your generosity, seniors supported by CEF scholarships achieved a 100% graduation and matriculation rate last spring, despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Right now, more than 200 students living in poverty are waiting for a scholarship - and your support of this year’s Gaudeamus gala can rewrite the future for these children in need.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Overland Park Convention Center
6:00 pm Cocktails
7:15 pm Dinner
8:45 pm Live Band & Dancing
Cocktail Attire

Meet our gala chairs

This year's Gaudeamus chairs are Jake and Ashley Rieke and Kyle and Nicole Hill.

Together, they will help us recognize our founding leaders and celebrate the tremendous impact CEF scholarships have had on our students, schools and communities.

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More than 1,500 need-based scholarships awarded in '20-'21

Gaudeamus funds scholarships

The Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus benefit gala has been the backbone of scholarship funding for low-income K-12 Catholic school students in northeast Kansas for 20 years.

This year's event will provide the majority of the annual funds needed for CEF’s traditional, tuition-assistance scholarships. CEF provides support to more than 1,700 students in 27 schools throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Celebrating the vision of our founders

Every year, CEF honors a member of our community for their dedication to Catholic education.

As we celebrate 25 years of CEF helping our students and schools succeed, we're honoring the vision of our founding leaders and the impact CEF has made on our students, students and communities. Join us as we continue the vision of this dedicated group of Catholic leaders at this year's Gaudeamus gala.

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Meet the Cunningham Family

CEF Scholarship Recipients

“It’s people like me who went through a tough time and didn’t know what else they were going to do, who want to keep their kids in a private school and have that Catholic education. The scholarships changed our life.”

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Our Teachers, Our Heroes

This year’s Angels Among Us award recipients are Catholic School teachers in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in KS. In celebration of their heroic impact during the 2020-’21 school year, we sat down with teachers across the Archdiocese to hear their perspective on this vocation that’s so vital to the CEF mission.

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Save the Date: 10.29.22

Mark your calendar for next year’s Gaudeamus benefit gala on Saturday, October 29th, 2022 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Plan to join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Education Foundation!


See the impact of your gift in action.

Watch the videos of last year’s virtual gala. Click here.

special thanks to our generous sponsors

Presenting sponsor


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