A pair of benefit gatherings in successive weekends will see the next generation of generosity at work. A retired teacher from St. Jerome School — and featured in the video above — inspired both.

Each one draws together those in the community in food and fellowship as they raise funds for ministerial works such as local St. Vincent de Paul councils at the parish level and Catholic Charities Community Services.

Eighth graders at Annunciation Catholic School in Cave Creek — the first graduating class in the school’s history — are hosting the first dinner April 23. They’re dubbing their dinner event “Next Generation of Generosity” to recognize the school’s founders and its soon-to-be alumni whose strong Catholic identity will carry them into the future. Proceeds will be shared among St. Vincent de Paul councils in the school’s community: St. Rose, St. Gabriel and Our Lady of Joy.

The second benefit — a Mexican theme— is coming May 1 at St. Gregory. The brunch also involves raffle prizes with proceeds helping local refugee families, several charities and the community. The effort is part of the church’s “Compassion into Action” ministry.