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Annual Appreciation Dinner On Sunday evening, October 31, the Foundation hosted its 33rd appreciation dinner at Willow Brook. Don Emery, secretary and executive director was honored with the Milam Joseph Hope for Humanity Award for his decades of service to Catholic education and over 30 years of service to the Tyler Catholic School Foundation. Madonna honorees were the Lou and Judy Chaump Family and the Elias Joseph Family. For the first time, students from St. Gregory served alongside Gorman student ambassadors to greet our many supporters. Also, a first, the Gorman student orchestra performed for the dinner reception preceding the dinner. Guests were delighted with the outstanding performance. Later in the program, President Collin Maloney invited their director, Tina Beason, to stand and be recognized. Joining us for the evening was our beloved Bishop, who graciously offered the dinner blessing. Bishop Strickland also recognized Gorman principal Jim Franz for his commitment and dedication to Bishop T. K. Gorman for over 19 years. Mr. Franz will be retiring after this school year.

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Gorman Video Contest Winner

Gorman senior Kelly Frossard won 1st place in the Gorman Video Contest. Watch here video below:

Video contest sponsored by GroupM7 Design.

Huge Crowd Gathers at Annual Dinner to Support Catholic Education

The Tyler Catholic School Foundation hosted its annual appreciation dinner on Sunday evening, October 26 at Willow Brook Country Club. Started in 1983, this is the foundation’s 31st year in serving the Tyler Catholic Schools. Over 160 guests attended this year’s special event.
The foundation honored 6 supporters who funded scholarships this year, including Gentile Family Scholarship, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hill, Joseph and Charlene Martel Scholarship, Mary Prud’homme Scholarship, John and Karen Williams Family Scholarship, Elizabeth Lee Family Scholarship and Rick and Bonnie Rayford Scholarship. Scholarships are considered funded at the $25,000 level.
President Collin Maloney presented the awards, a special crystal Madonna, to each family. “This year marks a record year for the Tyler Catholic School Foundation in terms of the number of funded scholarships,” he stated. Collin also recognized those guests who hold funds at the foundation.
A special award was presented to past foundation president, John P. Williams, who received a standing ovation for his service.
Collin continued, “2014 has also been an outstanding year in the performance of our two Catholic schools.” St. Gregory principal Kathy Harry was recognized for her leadership in the schools receiving its third Blue Ribbon designation.
Bishop Gorman principal Jim Franz was also praised for his guidance of Bishop Gorman being named a “top 50” Catholic High School for the 10th straight year. Each school is hosting an awards ceremony at their respective campuses
For the first time, the foundation presented a new award, the Milam Joseph “Hope for Humanity” award. This unique award was presented by Jim Mazzu and Mary Sedbury to Vince Richbourg and in loving memory of his wife, Carolyn Richbourg.
Named for founder, Monsignor Milam J. Joseph, the title “Hope for Humanity” is taken from an excerpt from a Vatican II document, “The future of humanity lies in hands of those who are strong enough to provide coming generations with reasons for living and hoping…”
As in years past, St. Gregory and Bishop Gorman students played a role in the dinner. St. Gregory students participated in an art contest with colorful illustrations creatively depicting the value of a Catholic education. The Bishop Gorman string ensemble performed during the reception and student ambassadors were on hand to welcome the many guests.
The Gorman students participated in a video contest, “How Catholic Education helps me take on the world.” The winning entry was produced by senior, Kelly Frossard, daughter of Michael and Diane Frossard and shown during the awards ceremony. Group M7 sponsored the contest; Kelly received a cash gift for her entry.

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SAVE THE DATE - Annual Dinner

Sunday, October 26 at Willow Brook Country Club

2014 Annual Milam Joseph Golf Tournament

The 22nd Annual Milam Joseph Golf Tournament was held Monday, April 14, at Willowbrook Golf Club. Although the rain and wind caused delays, the player's spirit and enthusiasm did not wane. With 19 teams, this years' event once again proved to be one our more successful tournaments financially. We sincerly thank our most generous sponsors:


Mike & Erin Allare - Classic Toyota

John & Karen Williams - Austin Bank

Collin M. Maloney - Ireland, Carroll & Kelley, P.C.

Royce Wisenbaker, Jr. -Southern Utilities

Rick Rayford - Brookshires Grocery Company

Trinity Mother Frances Hospital

Shanna Meads, M.D. - Dermatology Associates of Tyler

Julian Rayzor - GG Distributing

Bruce Faulkner - Lehnertz-Faulkner, Inc.

Byron Meads - Meads Wealth Management




TCSF 2014: Did You Know...

~~Tyler Catholic School Foundation 2014--Did You Know?

  • The Tyler Catholic School Foundation was founded in 1983 when the schools were in need of significant financial assistance.
  • Hundreds of students have received financial aid and merit scholarships over the past three decades.
  • The Tyler Catholic School Foundation has received over 4 million dollars in contributions since its inception.
  • The Tyler Catholic School Foundation has given over 1 million dollars to St. Gregory and Bishop Gorman over the past decade and over 2.5 million since 1985.
  • The Tyler Catholic School Foundation 30th Anniversary Appreciation Dinner in December recognized five newly funded scholarships and $750,000 in gifts.
  • The Jackman Family Academic and Fine Arts Endowment has received nearly $82,000 in contributions and matching grant funds to support the AFA at Bishop Gorman.  Donations will be matched until the fund grows to $100,000.
  • The Tyler Catholic Foundation has created the Living Endowment Fund in 2012 in support of reducing the cost of Catholic education at Bishop Gorman and St. Gregory.
  • The Tyler Catholic School Foundation received its largest single contribution to date in 2013—an over $600,000 bequest by the Gentile family estate
  •  The Tyler Catholic School Foundation is in the midst of a major effort to promote planned giving.  Please contact us if you have made or plan to make a provision in your will, and become a member of the Legacy Society of the Tyler Catholic School Foundation.  Contact or at 214-701-7415.
  •  The Tyler Catholic School Foundation received in 2012 a $100,000 bequest from the estate of Harry and Rosemary Holcomb which funded 4 new scholarships with this very generous donation.
  •  A challenge from the Lee Family Endowment has resulted in the creation of seven new scholarship funds under development.
  •  There are currently 85 funded scholarships and 33 scholarships under development at the Tyler Catholic School Foundation, thanks to the generosity of our community.
  • The Milam Joseph Golf Tournament, an important fundraiser for over 20 years, will take place on Monday April 14 with proceeds funding merit scholarships.

30th Anniversary Celebration

30th Anniversary Dinner
Tyler Catholic School Foundation Announces Record Attendance

On Sunday, December 8, The TCSF celebrated its’ 30th anniversary with friends, patrons and supporters at the Cathedral Center near downtown Tyler.

Starting the evening on a festive note, T. K. Gorman student string ensemble performed as Gorman student ambassadors welcomed over 180 guests and benefactors.

Guest of honor and founder, Monsignor Milam Joseph, was warmly embraced by past parishioners, friends and clergy at the reception preceding the dinner.

Bishop Joseph Strickland and Bishop Edmond Carmody were both in attendance to greet supporters and invitees. Following welcoming remarks from TCSF Board member Rick Rayford, the St. Gregory Cathedral School Choir sang the invocation.

Collin Maloney, President-Elect, briefly illustrated the 30 years history, mission and goals of the Foundation, as he reminded the audience of his own Catholic school experience.

To everyone’s delight, students Rebecca Bowles (Gorman) and Joseph Benedict (St. Gregory) each delivered a heartfelt and inspiring address “What a Catholic education means to me.” Guests later described the remarks as “a timely reminder of the importance of supporting our two outstanding Catholic schools.”

Later in the program, Monsignor Joseph described these two students, representatives of our Catholic Schools, as filled with “awe” and “wonder” and our “greatest hope for the future.” Monsignor Joseph was honored with a Crystal Madonna in recognition of his beloved mother, Anne Joseph. A Crystal Madonna is awarded annually to completed scholarships at $25,000.

Additionally, Madonna’s were awarded to Kelli and Danny Jackman, in honor of the Jackman Family Scholarship, Bishop Edmond Carmody, in recognition of the Bishop Carmody Scholarship and Bishop Joseph Strickland, in honor of the Bishop Strickland Scholarship.

The Foundation wishes to thank all our generous 30th Anniversary underwriters and guests.

Fall 2013 Newsletter

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