Bishop Hendricken hosts tuition assistance gala on April 30th

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WARWICK — Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS '75 and Bishop Hendricken High School will host its annual gala on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 6pm. Epoch: The 2022 Gala for Hendricken will feature food, fun, and critical fundraising for young men to realize their dream of attending Bishop Hendricken.

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased at hendricken.com/epoch. Themed "An Evening in Italy," campus will be transformed into an immersive and unique experience that will feature an authentic Tuscan wine tour, Italian dishes from legendary Rhode Island restaurants, dancing with the Silver Arrow Band, silent and live auctions, our Fund the Future presentation, and some very special Rhode Island guests.

"I want to cordially invite our neighbors to Epoch: The 2022 Gala for Hendricken," said Fr. Marciano. "This event helps ensure that we're able to send more good, compassionate, Hendricken men out into a world that so sorely needs them. All proceeds benefit tuition assistance to make Catholic education a possibility for young men to become Hendricken Hawks."

Currently, 67% of students at Bishop Hendricken receive some type of tuition assistance or financial aid in order to attend. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic challenges facing families, incoming students' financial need has never been greater.

This year's gala is an homage to Hendricken's popular fundraiser of the 1970s and '80s by the same name. The evening will feature unique elements like student servers and entertainment, immersive Italian-inspired food stations, and more.

The special guest honoree of the evening is Judge Frank Caprio P'84, '85. Fr. Marciano will present Judge Caprio with the inaugural Bishop Hendricken Distinguished Public Service Award for his years of dedication to Rhode Island. Fr. Marciano will also confer an honorary diploma on Judge Caprio, making him a Bishop Hendricken alumnus, joining his sons, Frank T. Caprio '84 and David A. Caprio '85. Judge Caprio and his family will be in attendance to accept his honors and deliver remarks.

"Judge Frank Caprio's service to Rhode Island perfectly demonstrates the Hendricken ideal: to make circumstances better for those around you," said Fr. Marciano. "Judge Caprio's compassion, love, and kindness for others via his public service and involvement in education makes him a role model for our young men and our community."

As part of the event, Fr. Marciano will award two individuals with the Bishop Hendricken Medal of Honor for their promotion and strengthening of Bishop Hendricken's mission: Gary E. Furtado P'02, President and Chief Executive Officer of Navigant Credit Union; and the late Br. Richard K. Grondin, C.F.C., founder of Epoch.

Through his involvement both as an alumni parent and leader of Navigant Credit Union, Gary Furtado has been instrumental in supporting the school and its people. As the originator of Epoch, Br. Grondin has inspired generations to help make Hendricken more accessible to young men. Br. Vincent McNally, C.F.C. and Br. James Devlin, C.F.C. will accept the award on Br. Grondin's behalf.

“It is my privilege to present Bishop Hendricken’s highest honor to Gary Furtado and posthumously to Br. Grondin,” said Fr. Marciano. “As evidenced by their unique contributions and immense generosity, both men not only understand, but truly believe in, the positive impact that a Hendricken education has on young men. They truly embody our school’s mission.”

Epoch will also feature a very special distinguished guest to be announced in the coming weeks. Tony Petrarca, Chief Meteorologist for WPRI 12, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer.

PMC Media Group and Brosway Italia both serve as lead sponsors for the evening. Feature dishes will come from Bacco Vino & Contorni, Basta, Bettola, Lou Umberto's Italian Kitchen, Mare Rooftop, Trattoria Zooma and more. The Tuscan wine tour is made possible by E. & J. Gallo Winery. The gala begins at 6pm. The Fund the Future presentation and live auction take place at 8pm. The Silver Arrow Band will perform for dancing and drinks at 9pm. Dress code for the evening is business or country club casual. Tickets can be purchased at hendricken.com/epoch.

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