Astounding $500,000 Net from the Event Shatters Last Year’s Record $450,000

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 22, 2020) – The Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville announced record results from its 13th annual Salute to THE GAME fundraising event aired earlier today on WAVE 3 Listens Live!, hosted by John Ramsey. This unique event celebrates the nationally recognized rivalry and thrill of the annual Saint Xavier – Trinity high school football game to be played at Saint Xavier High School on Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s Salute event attracted approximately 30,000 viewers and raised an all-time record net of $500,000, roaring past last year’s previous record of $450,000. Since its inception, the Salute event has raised over $3.2 million, all of which is used to support Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Louisville and make Catholic schools accessible by everyone.

Foundation President Richard A. Lechleiter remarked, “Wow, are we ever blessed by all of our event benefactors and sponsors! I especially want to thank Ken Selvaggi and everyone at WAVE 3 News for hosting the event on live television. We also owe a great debt of gratitude to our friends in the St. X and Trinity communities for allowing the Foundation to benefit from this storied rivalry.”

Holding the event virtually for the first time was not the only new twist to this year’s event. For the first time, the Foundation was supported by a Lead Benefactor, Independence Bank of Louisville, who donated $40,000 to the event. Bank President Louis Straub commented, “Our investment in the works of the Foundation will propel young people to become tomorrow’s leaders. And we love the fact that every penny raised at this event will strengthen needy families in this community through the life-changing gift of a Catholic education!”

Other 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 D3 Foundation; The Glenview Trust Company; Sarah and John 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