Catholic education costs for over 500 Quincy families are reduced through the efforts of the Gene Grawe Fund.

Participating families learned Sunday evening that their purchases through the fund netted total awards of over $188,000. Families purchase gift cards through the program. Items can also be purchased through the program by scanning bar codes downloaded on smart phones. 523 families participated.

The average award was $359. Ten families earned over a thousand dollars and one family received over two thousand dollars. That family spend over $13,000 in the program including groceries, gas and most household purchases.