The Gala you Love, with a Brand New Twist

Gaudeamus is going virtual on Oct. 24

Our beloved gala to benefit Catholic Education Foundation scholarships will be a livestream event, accessible to you on your smart TV, computer, tablet or smartphone.



Gaudeamus, meaning "let us rejoice," is the Catholic Education Foundation's annual benefit gala. Hosted every year in October, Gaudeamus has become a beloved Kansas City tradition, serving as the backbone of scholarship funding for low-income students attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of KCK. It's an evening filled with community, laughter, and celebration, and thanks to your generosity, it provides more than 80% of the annual funds needed for CEF tuition-assistance scholarships.

This year, we invite you to bring the celebration home as Gaudeamus goes virtual. We've worked hard to make it easy for you to participate in the event you know and love from your living room or your patio, with friends or with family.

Whether you're interested in securing a sponsorship, hosting a catered dinner party, celebrating casually with your family, or joining us on your own, there are so many ways to be part of the magic of Gaudeamus this year, and the need for scholarship support has never been greater.

How to participate

Our honorees, Lamar & Rita Hunt, Jr.

We are delighted to recognize Lamar & Rita Hunt, Jr. as our special honorees at Gaudeamus 2020.

Lamar & Rita have been stalwart champions of Catholic education for many years, exhibiting a special interest in CEF for making the gift of Catholic education accessible to all, including those most in need.

All of our schools and scholarship students are grateful for the example of giving the Hunts have shown through their Loretto Foundation. Please join us in thanking Lamar & Rita Hunt, Jr. personally!

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Naomi Little

This year, you can host a Gaudeamus party in your home, complete with gourmet catering, wine and special gifts for a party of 10. Other options are available, too.


Just as in previous years, you can support CEF student scholarships in a heroic way through a bevy of sponsorship levels. Stake your claim to support Catholic schools!