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Inner City Scholarship raises $2.7 million


CSF executive director Mike Reardon, ICSF chairman Joe Tucci, event emcee Mary Richardson, student speaker and senior at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence Fortune Kalala and ICSF chairman Bob Reynolds are pictured at the annual Inner City Scholarship Dinner, March 29. Pilot photo/courtesy CSF by Professional Event Images

BOSTON -- Bob Reynolds, president and CEO of Putnam Investments, and Joe Tucci, chairman, president and CEO of EMC Corporation, announced March 29 at the 22nd Annual Inner City Scholarship Fund Dinner that the event had raised $2.7 million in scholarship support for students attending Catholic schools in the Greater Boston area.

In making the announcement Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Tucci also recognized Fortune Kalala, a senior at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, who was the evening's student speaker. Fortune, a scholarship recipient and honor roll student, moved to Lawrence when he was 13 from Mozambique where he had lived in a refugee camp with his family. After years of fleeing political unrest and civil war, Fortune began the 7th grade not knowing any English. After two years of hard work, he was accepted to Central Catholic High School and was able to attend because of a scholarship provided by the Inner City Scholarship Fund.

At the end of the evening, Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Tucci invited Fortune on stage and surprised him with a $5,000 scholarship to assist Fortune and his family with his tuition at college next year. "Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Tucci decided that the best thank-you gift for our guests was to help this remarkable young man continue his education."

Mary Richardson formerly of WCVB's Chronicle emceed the evening program which began with a rousing performance of songs from the musical "Godspell" by the students of Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton. Attendees also viewed a video produced by Putnam Investments detailing the importance of Catholic education.

There was also significant corporate support of the event with EMC, The Lynch Foundation, Bank of America, Cisco Systems, Hill Holiday, The Kraft Group, Liberty Mutual, Loomis Sayles, Palisade Capital, Staples, Verizon and State Street as lead sponsors. WCVB Channel 5 and Gatehouse Media served as the media underwriters for the evening.

This event, coupled with the Annual Appeal, has raised over $9,000,000 to support Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston.

The Catholic Schools Foundation, Inc. (CSF) supports the educational mission of the Church while helping to provide programs and services that insure optimal educational opportunities for all students regardless of race, religion, national origin, or gender attending Roman Catholic primary and secondary schools located in the Archdiocese of Boston.