Press Release
September 25, 2019

Contact: Richard A. Lechleiter


$450,000 Net from the Event Shatters Last Year’s Record $425,000

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 25, 2019) – The Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville announced record results from its annual Salute to THE GAME luncheon held earlier today at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. This unique event celebrates the nationally recognized rivalry and thrill of the annual Saint Xavier – Trinity high school football game to be played at Cardinal Stadium on Friday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m.

This year’s Salute luncheon attracted 1,100 guests and raised a record net of $450,000, roaring past last year’s previous record of $425,000.  Since its inception, the Salute luncheon has raised over $2.7 million.  All of the net proceeds from this event will benefit the Foundation in its work to support Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville and make Catholic schools accessible by everyone.

Foundation President Richard A. Lechleiter remarked, “When we first launched this event in 2008, we attracted 500 guests and netted $25,000. Who would have ever dreamed that eleven short years later this hallmark community event would lift our mission to these incredible heights! How blessed we are by all of our friends in the Saint Xavier and Trinity communities for allowing the Foundation to benefit from this storied rivalry.”

The Foundation recently announced that for the fifth consecutive year, every student applicant with a demonstrated financial need earned a tuition assistance award.  Together with their funding partners, the Catholic Education Foundation provided tuition assistance to an all-time high 3,250 elementary students with a record $6.5 million in funding for the current school year.  Mr. Lechleiter exclaimed, “At the Catholic Education Foundation, ‘The Answer is YES!’”

The major benefactors of this year’s Salute luncheon, each of whom donated $25,000 or more to the event, were: David and Cathy Durik; the Steve and Kathy Ford Family; the Galt House Hotel; The Glenview Trust Company; Independence Bank; John and Sarah Lechleiter; the Daniel C. Ulmer Family; Tom and Rhonda Wimsett; and the Richard and Janice Lechleiter Family.

About the Catholic Education Foundation:

For over 200 years, Catholic schools have contributed significantly to the social, spiritual and economic fabric of our entire community. The Catholic Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the growth and vitality of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Since 1999, the Foundation has awarded over $37 million in support of Catholic education. Visit the Foundation at