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Bourgade Catholic High School is planning the 2019 Legacy Gala, celebrating the past, present, and future of its students. Our celebration will feature a dinner, silent auction, as well as keynote speakers. This year's event will be held at the school on March 2nd, 2019. The money raised from this signature fundraiser directly supports the Bishop Bourgade Fund which is the foundation of our school and helps support us in continuing our mission of educating the hearts and minds of our students.
In our 56th year, Bourgade Catholic High School has provided a college preparatory education to more than 5,000 Phoenix-area students. Bourgade Catholic creates a community for academic and personal success. We could not do this without the support of community supporters like you, as we continue the development of morally-centered lifelong learners, who are academically prepared, effective communicators, and citizens of a global world.
We are very excited to announce that we will be recognizing the Estfan family as our honorary guests for the 2019 Legacy Gala.
The Estfan family, leaves a LONG history at Bourgade Catholic High School. Wally and Noreen Estfan put 8 kids through Bourgade up to 1987. After a brief gap, the legacy continued in 1994 as Wally and Noreen's children now had kids of their own who attended BCHS. The most recent trio of family members graduated in 2017 marking the end of a 23 year stretch where at least one or more Estfans were enrolled at BCHS.
Through the years, the Estfan's have been tremendous champions of Bourgade; their place in the history of our community extends far and wide. As siblings and students turned to aunts, uncles and parents, many of the Estfans remained active in areas such as Booster Club, school board, coaching roles and various volunteer projects. There are currently three Estfans in our Hall of Fame, Wally (deceased), Julie '84 and Stephanie '86 (deceased). Wally Estfan remained a dedicated patron of the Diocese of Phoenix having served on various director boards and committees all the way up to his passing in November of 2015. He was well known as the patriarch of the Estfan family tree and will forever be remembered by many in the BCHS community and beyond.
We are truly privileged to celebrate the Estfan family and look forward to sharing their legacy story with you.
We are excited to welcome back Ramon Carranza, Class of 2007 who will be our featured speaker for the evening. As a Golden Eagle Ramon was an athlete, playing basketball and baseball all four years; along with athletics he was a Peer Helper and a member of the Earthwatch Club. After graduating Bourgade, Ramon went on to attend Gonzaga University graduating with his BA in Biology with a minor in political science. During his time at Gonzaga Ramon was a member of the Student Diversity Board and the president of La Raza Latina..
After graduating from Gonzaga, Ramon joined Teach for America and was fortunate to come back to Phoenix and work at Pueblo Del Sol Elementary teaching 7th and 8th grade science and coaching basketball and baseball. During his time at Pueblo Del Sol he worked with other colleagues to create a leadership program for students whose mission was to prepare those students with skills and knowledge that would help them be successful in high school and college. This program allowed him to guide students though the high school admissions process to several top high schools in the valley including Bourgade Catholic. As he remained busy impacting the lives of the students at Pueblo Del Sol, Ramon also returned to BCHS and joined his former baseball coaches and coached the JV Baseball team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
In 2015, Ramon made the decision to move to Boston, Massachusetts where he worked as a community organizer and focused his work with Spanish speaking parents from low-income communities who advocated for equitable education for their children. In 2017, Ramon took on New York City where he continued his work in advocating initiatives focused on equitable education for disadvantaged communities. As he continues to serve the community, Ramon is currently working on his masters at Teachers College-Columbia University where he is studying sociology and education with a concentration in policy. After he completes his masters program he plans to continue working in the education sector with schools that serve disadvantaged communities.
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