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Morgan Makley’s Legacy

Morgan W. Makley III Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Cathy and Morgan Makley sent their sons to St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School (SJNRCS) to receive a faith-based education, but in the face of adversity, they received another gift: a second family.

 

An injury in high school prevented Morgan from pursuing athletics in college, but he poured his enthusiasm for sports into coaching his boys and their Catholic Metro League of Atlanta (CMLA) basketball teams at SJNRCS.

 

In 2020, the Makleys’ lives were turned upside down when Morgan was diagnosed with cancer, but they were not alone. The SJNRCS community came together and stepped up as an “unfailing” support system to the family, Cathy said. After two years, Morgan sadly lost his life to the cancer. In their time of grief, the Makleys looked to their faith. “I can’t imagine how we would have gotten through Morgan’s illness and passing without that bedrock to stand on. We felt (and continue to feel) God’s presence guiding us and sustaining us every day,” Cathy said.

 

Cathy was aware of the Catholic Foundation through her parish. Wanting to honor Morgan’s legacy and express gratitude to SJNRCS for its charity, Cathy established the Morgan W. Makley III Endowed Scholarship Fund. The fund provides scholarships to help families involved in St. John Neumann’s athletic program offset the cost of tuition for a male or female basketball athlete to attend the school.

 

Cathy remembers Morgan as a leader and protector. “He worked hard his whole life to take care of everyone around him and didn’t always have an easy path, so it was important to him to help others,” she said. In the same way, the scholarship fund allows the Makleys’ to reciprocate the generosity they once benefited from.

 

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Empowering Families to Navigate the Adoption Process

St. Joseph Adoption Support Fund

 

Cindy met her husband Darrin in chemistry class in their freshman year of college, and from there, the rest is history. Years later when they moved to Georgia, they were ready to have children. The couple came to find out, though, that they battled with infertility.

 

They were able to conceive in 1996, but their baby girl was born and sadly passed away on the same day; her kidneys didn’t fully develop. It was then that Cindy and Darrin began to look into adoption. Over time, they welcomed four more daughters into their family, two of whom were adopted. They also went through two failed adoptions.

 

The adoption process is very emotional, Cindy said, not to mention expensive. “We struggled to afford the adoptions, even resorting to using credit cards to fund the expenses. We were fortunate to have a supportive family and jobs that provided solid and consistent financial support,” she shared.

 

Cindy and Darrin knew others with the same fertility issues weren’t so fortunate. “Many chose to not pursue adoptions as the cost and uncertainty and time delays seemed insurmountable,” Cindy said. Others chose to adopt but took on heavy financial burdens.

 

Understanding how difficult the adoption process can be, the Millsaps wanted to make a difference and help adoptive families as they were once helped. With some money Cindy acquired from selling her company in 2022, they created the St. Joseph Adoption Support Fund.

 

The St. Joseph Adoption Support Fund aims “to alleviate the financial burdens associated with adoption, empowering families to navigate the adoption process with confidence and ease, ultimately facilitating the creation of strong, nurturing family bonds,” Cindy said.

 

Cindy and Darrin partnered with the Catholic Foundation because “it was important to us to provide support to families that would bring their children up in the Catholic faith,” Cindy said.

 

The St. Joseph Adoption Support Fund allows adoptive families to focus more on loving a child than stressing about the expenses. Grants from the fund will go to Covenant Care Adoptions and Lifeline Children’s Services in Georgia, two Christian adoption agencies in the greater Atlanta area. People who share the Millsaps’ passion for adoption can donate to this endowment fund as well, so it can keep growing and offering financial aid for families for years to come.

 

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Monsignor Richard Lopez

 

April 28, 2023 was the 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood for Msgr. Richard Lopez. In honor of the occasion, St. Pius X Catholic School reached out to their alumni via an email newsletter. They asked alumni to submit messages or stories to share with Msgr. Lopez, a longtime teacher at St. Pius, and provided the link to donate to the Monsignor Richard Lopez Scholarship, which was established in 1998 in honor of Msgr. Lopez by friends and former students on the 25th anniversary of his Ordination. The fund provides scholarships to students in their junior year who exemplify the values of hard work, caring, and respect for life. Thirty donations were made to the fund to continue Msgr. Lopez’s legacy of Catholic education.

 

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