Honorees support Adopt-A-School program;
Cardinal Dolan says Catholic schools “give us hope”
Uniondale, N.Y., December 8, 2021 —Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal at its annual “A Christmas Evening” event on Thursday, December 2nd, raising more than $325,000 for scholarship assistance and program funding needs for Long Island’s 35 Catholic elementary schools.
Among the backdrop of a beautifully decorated 35-foot Christmas tree, 175 guests filled the room at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, including His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archdiocese of N.Y., Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and Eileen and Joseph Tarantino, Tomorrow’s Hope’s honorees who received the Advent STAR Award for their dedication to Catholic school on Long Island.
“We really do feel passionate about the difference that a Catholic education can provide to young people who aspire to have a dream to be a leader in a place where not only to they get a great education, but live values of faith and grow up to be great people,” said Joseph Tarantino, President and Chief Executive Office of Protiviti, a global consulting firm based in Menlo Park, Calif.
Champions of Catholic education, the Tarantino’s announced their support of Tomorrow’s Hope’s Adopt-A-School program with a multi-year gift to provide scholarship and equipment/technology enhancements to Trinity Regional School in Northport, their children’s alma mater.
“Our parents invested in us as we came through Catholic schools, and we’ve invested in our children and are proud of our three children and we think it’s time for us to give back to really create an opportunity for young people and their families who maybe don’t have the financial where with all to be able to provide support for them through this vehicle,” Tarantino said.
Special guest and invocation speaker His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan likened Catholic schools to Christmas and Hannukah, and the message the holidays share: the triumph of light over darkness.
“Our Catholic schools are Christmas and Hannukah on steroids,” said Cardinal Dolan, adding that Catholic schools give us a sense of hope that light will always conquer darkness. “Our Catholic schools supply a lot of hope for today. They give our kids a safe, secure, nurturing, challenging, disciplined, and faith-forming environment.”
But they also provide children with hope for tomorrow not only to get into college or secure a good job, but “hope that they will get into Heaven because that’s the major goal of our Catholic schools—to enhance the life in this life and life in all eternity.”
The mission of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation is to ensure the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic Schools on Long Island by increasing awareness and by providing scholarship and program funding for the needs of students and schools