St. Rita closes out 100-year celebration with Annual Scholarship Benefit


This year marks a centennial celebration for St. Rita School for the Deaf, which marked its official 100th birthday Oct. 17 at a special Founder’s Day Mass. A major fundraising event still lies ahead, providing the community with one last chance to celebrate the school’s 100-year anniversary.
 
St. Rita’s Annual Scholarship Benefit takes place Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Sharonville Convention Center, when the community will join together to raise funds for current and future students in need of financial support.
 
“We’ve never turned away a family based on their ability to pay,” says Gregory Ernst Sr., executive director of St. Rita School for the Deaf. “And we never will.”
 
This support allows students like Kylee, who before attending St. Rita struggled to effectively communicate. Now, however, she is empowered to express herself and better connect with those around her.
 
This year’s Scholarship Benefit, which is in its 40th year, is a black-tie-optional affair with nourishment, entertainment and fellowship among community members who are integral to the school’s success, Ernst says.
 
“The support we’ve received from the community has been overwhelming,” he says. “We, as staff and teachers, acknowledge the differences we make in the lives of our students daily. … With the support of the community, we hope to provide children with individualized and unique educational programs for many years to come.”

Do Good:

Attend the Annual Scholarship Benefit with family, colleagues and friends. Tickets are $75.

• Even if you’re unable to attend the Nov. 14 festivities, donate toward the scholarship fund here.

• “Like” St. Rita School for the Deaf's Official Fanpage on Facebook.
 

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Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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