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Catholic Foundation names 2024 award honorees

Chartered in 1955, the Catholic Foundation was founded by a group of dedicated Catholic laymen with a vision that extended far beyond the charitable needs of the moment. Over time, the Foundation has provided more than $266 million in grants to religious, charitable and educational organizations. In 2022, The Catholic Foundation gave $19.4 million through more than 2,500 grants impacting more than 800 organizations. The Foundation houses more than 540 charitable funds and trusts.

For more than four decades, The Catholic Foundation Award has recognized an individual, couple or family for their distinguished service and support to further the religious, charitable and educational needs throughout the local Catholic community.

Georgia and Marc Lyons, South Louisiana natives, college sweethearts and long-time supporters of Catholic churches, schools and major philanthropic campaigns in Dallas, have been selected as the 41st annual recipients of The Catholic Foundation Award.

The Lyons, married 51 years, parents of two children and members of All Saints Catholic Church since 1985, are being recognized for their decades of leadership and engagement in numerous diocesan and parish-based initiatives that have enhanced the quality of life for many people.

On February 10, 2024, the Lyons will be honored during The Catholic Foundation Award Dinner at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Jane and Dan Hanratty, recipients of the 2017 Catholic Foundation Award, will serve as the 2024 Award Dinner committee chairs.

“Georgia and Marc beautifully model how laity in the Catholic Church can make a significant impact in the way churches, diocesan schools and nonprofit organizations grow and place heightened attention in critical areas of need,” says Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “Raised with a strong moral compass, Georgia and Marc place their Catholic faith at the center of all they do as volunteers and leaders to promote Christian values and support Catholic education.” publishes every week.
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