(Palm Beach Gardens, FL) February 6, 2014 – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is pleased to announce the success of its 3rd Annual Caritas Dei Bishop’s Gala, a fundraising event that benefitted Catholic Charities’ 12 programs and ministries. More than 320 people attended the event held on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach provides quality programs that help the poor and most vulnerable regardless of religious affiliation. The Caritas Dei Bishop’s Gala is a caring way to support this work and to offer hope to children and struggling families or a senior with no one else to turn to. Each person who seeks help through Catholic Charities is shown love.
Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 9,000 unduplicated clients through it’s’ programs and ministries throughout 13 locations in the Diocese of Palm Beach.
The evening included a silent and live auction of more than 240 items including items from the Vatican, Casa de Campo, Michael Kors Worth Avenue Boutique, Neiman Marcus, Pat and Larry Wilson, the Gardens Mall and many beautiful orchids. A live auction was also conducted during dinner by Neil Saffer, Professional Auctioneer. Saffer ended the auction with a call to the heart to raise money for Catholic Charities’ Angel Food SNAC backpack program. Generous donor bids raised more than $190,000 for the project which will fill children’s backpacks Fridays with food to supplement their family’s meals over the weekend.
Caritas Dei Gala guests filled the dance floor throughout the night dancing to the musical entertainment provided by The Doug Verga Orchestra.
Serving as the Caritas Dei Gala Chairmen were Kim and Ray Celedinas of Palm Beach and Cathie and Andres Fanjul of Palm Beach. Honorary Chairmen were Marietta and Dale McNulty of West Palm Beach.
The event was attended by Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach; James Borynack, 2014 Major Sponsor; Carlos and Vicky Arruza; Helen and Dan Brede; Trudy Brekus; Lurana Campanaro and Dr. Jose Figueroa; Patrick and Lillian Carney; Mercedes Cassidy; Ray and Kim Celedinas; Lucille and William De Vane; Cathie and Andres Fanjul; Raysa and Alfy Fanjul; William Finneran and Carol Rohrig; Carol and Robert Garvy; Silvio Hidalgo; David Lambert and Kristen Learner; Dr. Richard and Rita Lazzara; Kathy and Paul Leone; John Noffo-Kahn; Suzanne and Frank Maurno; Marietta and Dale McNulty; Virginia Mortara and Ted Donahue; Stephen and JoAnna Myers; Victoria and Eugene Pollingue; Liz and John Raese; Ruby Rinker and Andrew Bytnar; Mary Lynn and Pell Rogers; Philip and Ann Ruppe; John and Jana Scarpa; Mary and Dan Stanton; Enrique and Teresa Tomeu; Pat and Larry Wilson; and Sieglinde Wikstrom.
During the evening, Catholic Charities proudly honored three local residents for their consistent support of Catholic Charities values and for their contribution to the work of Catholic Charities. The honorees included The Bernard A. Egan Foundation of Fort Pierce, Sister Carmen Alvarez of Boca Raton, and William Shannon of Tequesta. The Inaugural Legacy Award was presented to the family of the late Anne and Joseph Demko for their generous bequest to Catholic Charities.
About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach provides 12 social services and ministries throughout 13 locations in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Established in 1984, Catholic Charities responds to the needs of the poor and most vulnerable by providing quality programs that serve children, homeless and families. Catholic Charities respects life in all of its stages. In living our faith, Catholic Charities helps and creates hope for people in need, regardless of religion, by delivering social services, collaborating with others in building just and compassionate communities, and empowering individuals through education.
About the Diocese of Palm Beach
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its schools.