OLEAN, NY – Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy will host the 2019 Funda Nos in Pace Dinner on May 18 at 6 p.m. in the school at 208 N. 24th St. The dinner will celebrate the contributions of Elizabeth “Beth” Powers and Christopher Powers, both of whom have given countless hours to the schools.  

From 2008 to 2014, Beth Powers headed Archbishop Walsh Academy and Southern Tier Catholic School as board president, leading the restructuring and refinancing of the schools in order to re-establish its reputation for academic excellence. During that time, Chris Powers dedicated time to the schools, sharing his many talents and skills by overseeing building repairs and upgrades.

As a team, the Powers spent countless hours building and organizing STCS and Walsh to the school of excellence it is today. She spent much of her time working on the faculty, staff and academic side of the schools, while he worked many hours repairing, creating and upgrading the schools to a facility the Southern Tier Catholic and Walsh community is proud of.

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Beth Powers and her colleagues spearheaded the academically demanding and prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, hiring a first-rate faculty, surrounding them with a superior administrative team, giving them a work-oriented support staff and providing them with curricula, computer technology, books, supplies, materials and ample professional development. Chris Powers simultaneously helped to create an atmosphere in which parents, faculty and students considered themselves then, as they do now, an extended family supporting, encouraging and looking out for one another.

Everyone is welcome to the dinner. RSVP’s are appreciated and should be made by contacting Jessica Policastro, director of Alumni Relations & Marketing, at jessica.policastro@walshstcs.org.  

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