Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has been named honorary chair of the 2019 Beacon of Hope Ball, which takes place on March 2 at 6 p.m. at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.

The annual fundraiser celebrates Catholic education while supporting the Beacon of Hope Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance to families to send their children to a Diocese of Albany Catholic school.

“Our schools instill intellectual, spiritual, moral and social values in our students,” Edward B. Scharfenberger said. “We strive to ensure that every child regardless of faith or circumstance has the ability to benefit from a Catholic education.”

The evening will include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and recognition of the Beacon of Hope Community Spirit Award honorees from each of the diocesan schools. Winners of the Community Spirit Award, each nominated by members of their school community, are recognized for going above and beyond, giving the immeasurable gift of their time, talent and resources.

Online registration and/or donations can be made by going to: If payment by check is preferred, checks should be made payable to the 2019 Beacon of Hope Ball and mailed to: 2019 Beacon of Hope Ball, Catholic School Office, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203.

For more information, contact Kathleen Yanas, director of advancement, at (518) 453-6602 or