Click Here To View The 2016/17 Annual Giving Campaign BrochureHeritage of Excellence Campaign”

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Saint Anthony Friends for Education is to initiate and oversee programs that fulfill the continuing long-term fundraising needs of Saint Anthony School. We are committed to creating, administering, and providing endowment, scholarships, faculty enhancements and other funds as determined by the board, and in conjunction with our Pastor. We will strive to create a balance with the long-term goals of Saint Anthony School and the overall needs of the Church.

The Friends for Education is the backbone and source of strength and support for Saint Anthony Catholic School. For more information or questions on how you can support Saint Anthony Catholic School through our Friends for Education organization, please call or e-mail: Sharon Lynch Murrah, 954-467-9009.

Officers and Board Of Directors 
Rev. Michael GradyChairman
Sharon Lynch MurrahDirector
Mike & Libby WestPresident
Michelle PalmesanoVice President
Stephen MerglerTreasurer
Jamie SpellacySecretary
Members at LargeEmeritus Board Members
Michael & Sarah DeFrancoPatrick Brady
Adrian & Sabrina FarmerJames D. Camp III
Gordon & Melanie FerrisMichael Cobb
David & Kathleen KingKeith Costello
Thomas & Jean MausMichelle Flanigan
Stephen & Amy MerglerFrancis Maus
Richard & Sarahnell MerlinoBernard McCormick
Dan & Nichole PacellaMark McCormick
Joseph & Michelle Palmesano Dominick Miniaci
Jennifer PowersJody Moore
Elizabeth SchererJames Murphy
Shawn & Jamie SpellacyTim Petrillo
Angelika StuartWilliam Scherer
Thomas & Siria TatumThomas Vogel
Steve & Alyson Warner
Michael & Libby West


Saint Anthony Friends for Education – Development Office: Phone:  954-467-9009 Fax:  954/901-2601
e-mail: Sharon Lynch Murrah  Director Saint Anthony Friends for Education

The Saint Anthony Friends for Education at work…

The Saint Anthony Friends for Education develops and manages programs that fulfill the long-term fundraising efforts of our school.  Since its beginning, the Friends for Education, formerly known as the Foundation for Education has been able to grow an endowment that funds programs that help ensure the student’s Catholic education now and for the future.  Today’s students are the future generation of Catholics in America.

Three important areas benefit most from Friends funds raised.  First, we support scholarships and financial aid that are used to make sure that every child has the chance to benefit from a Catholic education.  Secondly, teacher enhancements, such as raises and bonuses are supported from the funds we raise.  Finally, funds are raised for special educational and technological programs that benefit both teachers and students.  As you can see, the Foundation is appropriately named – as teachers and students are the true “foundation” of our Catholic community!

There is no better investment than money spent on a child’s Catholic education.

Studies document the effectiveness and quality of America’s Catholic schools.  As adults, students who received a Catholic education were more likely to be active leaders in their church and community as well as educate their children in Catholic schools.  Your gift to the Annual Giving Campaign is not only an instrument in Catholic education, but a legacy; a legacy that passes on the faith to the next generation.

We are very proud that nearly 100% of our school parents donate to the Friends for Education each year – in good times and in bad – and help us to generate over $160,000 annually.   Our Parish Community is overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our school.  As a community, we need for each and every member not only to participate in the events at our school, but to support Saint Anthony Catholic School financially as well.  Our school children directly benefit from the support of the Saint Anthony Parish Community.

As you know, the Friends for Education is committed to providing for the continuing long-term needs of Saint Anthony Catholic School.  In addition to funding the endowment, we have provided teacher bonuses twice a year, scholarships, financial aid and special educational programs.  You have shown our school wonderful support by your participation in our Annual Giving Campaign.  Because of your generosity in the past, our current students and future generations will continue to be the beneficiaries.


Look what you helped accomplish from accumulated Friends funds during this school year!!!  $238,500

$111,000:  Salary Enhancements for Faculty & Staff

$120,000:  Scholarships and Financial Aid

$   7,500:  Tuition grants/awards 2016 8th Grade Graduates

Matching Gifts  –  Ask if your  employer has a Matching Gifts Program

Many companies match gifts to schools made by their current or retired employees.  Matching gifts can double or triple your gift to Saint Anthony Catholic School.  Inquire at your company’s personnel office to determine if your company has a Matching Gifts Program.

United Way  – Did you know that you can designate your United Way contribution to go to Saint Anthony Catholic School?

Planned Giving  – Did you know that an estate gift to our endowment can help provide a Catholic education to our children for generations to come?  Please ask your financial or estate planner about planned giving options and learn more about the tax benefits available for your family and estate through planned gifts to Saint Anthony Catholic School.

Our students are the direct beneficiaries of Matching Gift programs, your United Way contribution designation to

Saint Anthony Catholic School and bequests and Planned Giving plans.  Saint Anthony Catholic School is a tax exempt not-for-profit organization under the IRS Code 501 (c) 3 – Federal Tax ID #59-1293631.

Click Here To View The 2016/17 Annual Giving Campaign Brochure