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The Legacy Gala

The Legacy Gala is an annual event that celebrates the legacy of Bishop Moore Catholic High School's mission while honoring individuals who have established a legacy of service and philanthropy for our community and Bishop Moore Catholic for several decades. 

Their leadership has helped achieve Catholic education excellence and ensure its future in Central Florida. Event proceeds will establish the Legacy Fund which will focus on enriching the Bishop Moore Catholic students’ experience to more fully develop them personally, spiritually, and intellectually.

Bishop Moore Catholic is the largest private high school in Central Florida with an enrollment of 1,400 plus students. Last year, The Legacy Gala attracted over 700 attendees including a broad cross-section of alumni, current families, business and civic leaders, as well as other VIPs. 

Proceeds for this event will go towards our Guardian Angel Fund, which provides families with tuition assistance. 

 

 

 

 

Our 2020 Honorees

Senator Mel Martinez '64, P'

Senator Mel Martinez was born in Cuba and as a young boy was part of Operation Pedro Pan (Peter Pan) where more than 14,000 children were sent to the US as a way to save them from communist indoctrination and give them a better life.

It is a common theme amongst Pedro Pans. Melquiades “Mel” Martinez, has said “I always felt that, as a Catholic who professes my faith, I also had an obligation to live in the public arena that which the church teaches, whether it was in issues of life, poverty, need and want, immigration…all of those attitudes were shaped by my Catholic faith.” said the former U.S Senator and Secretary of HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).

 

Maria Elena Boudet  

Maria Elena Boudet was born in Havana, Cuba. When she was 13, her mother sent her to school in New York City to learn English. She shared that she knows what it is like to learn a language and to feel frustrated when you can't find the words.  

Ms. Boudet holds an M.A in Spanish and a Ph.D. in Modern Language. Ms. Solana, as she was known, taught Spanish at Bishop Moore for 25 years, was chairperson of the Language Department, and was also the Dean of Students for 2 years.  In her illustrious career, she was also the Principal for an adult school in Havana, was a private translator for United Nations Conference, professor of English, and finished her career as a Professor of Spanish at Valencia College. She received the Master Teacher Award for her time at Bishop Moore and the Student Choice Award from her students at Valencia College. 


 

The 2019 Legacy Gala was a huge success! Congratulations, again, to our honorees John and Martha Jennings and Sister Bernie Mackay.  We humbly thank our event sponsor Certified Financial Group and Gold Sponsor Cathy Engelman for their continued support. Finally, we thank all of our sponsors and attendees who helped make this event so successful!
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