Generous Donors Raise $610,000 for Caritas Dei Bishop's Gala to Benefit Programs and Ministries

Catholic Charities Communications Office
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach
February 3, 2015

(Palm Beach Gardens, FL) February 3, 2015 – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is pleased to announce the success of its 4th Annual Caritas Dei Bishop’s Gala, a fundraising event that raised more than  $600,000 to benefit Catholic Charities’ 12 programs and ministries. More than 350 people attended the event held on Thursday, January 29 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 treated with respect.

            Last year, Catholic Charities programs and ministries assisted more than 11,000 unduplicated clients throughout 13 locations in the Diocese of Palm Beach.

            The evening included a silent and live auction of more than 270 items including items from Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, Palm Beach International Speedway, Maus and Hoffman, J&R Outfitters, and from many other generous, local vendors.  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 to assist those who are currently on the waiting list for help from Catholic Charities’ programs. Generous donor bids raised more than $131,000 so those clients can be served.

            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 Cathie and Andres Fanjul of Palm Beach and Raysa and Alfy Fanjul of Palm Beach. Honorary Chairmen were Kim and Ray Celedinas of Palm Beach.

            The event was sponsored by: James Borynack, 2015 Major Sponsor; Carlos and Vicky Arruza; Ray and Kim Celedinas; Florida Crystals Corporation; The Frankino Foundation; Ruby Rinker; Dr. Marianne Carroll; Fortin Foundation of Florida; Frank J. Lewis Foundation; Lawrence Sanders Foundation; Kathy and Paul Leone; Marietta and Dale McNulty; Philip and Ann Ruppe; Saint Edward Church; Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church; Mr. John Herrick; J&R Outfitters; Ana Kenefick; Liberty Power Corporation; Nora and Marciano Miclat; Sieglinde Wikstrom; Baxter Family Foundation; BBVA Compass Bank; Bernard A. Egan Foundation; David Minkin Foundation; Lucille and William De Vane; Monnie and Thorne Donnelley; Carol and Robert Garvy; Kaufmann de Suisse; Kelly Family Foundation; Pat and Howard Lester; Pamela and John Murphy; Nursing Services of Palm Beach; Publix Super Markets Charities; Julie and Robert Reveley; Shirley and Richard Saleeby; St. Mary’s Hospital; and Mary and Dan Stanton.

            During the evening, Catholic Charities proudly honored two local residents for their consistent support of Catholic Charities values and for their contribution to the work of Catholic Charities. The honorees included Deacon Les Loh of Tequesta who received the Caritas Christi Service Award, and Alan Jay Reichel of Tequesta who received the Caritas Dei Spiritus Sancti Volunteer Award.

Please view our photo album of the 2015 Caritas Dei Bishop's Gala


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.

Pictured are (left to right) Andres and Cathie Fanjul served as Chairmen of the 2015 Caritas Dei Bishop’s Gala, and Raysa and Alfonso Fanjul were Co-Chairmen. Photo courtesy of Lucien Photography.
Co-Chairmen, Alfy and Raysa Fanjul
Chairmen, Andres and Cathie Fanjul with Very Rev. Charles Notabartolo, Vicar General
Honorary Chairmen, Kim and Ray Celedinas
Dr. Fredric Barr and Connie Frankino
Dale and Marietta McNulty
Mayor Gail Coniglio, Frank Coniglio
Elizabeth Dennis, Rev. John Mericantante and Ruby Rinker
Paul and Kathy Leone
Harold and Carol Baxter
Carol and Robert Garvy
Juan Pretel, James Borynack, Adolfo Zaralegui
Mary and Dan Stanton
Allegra Fanjul and Calixto Garcia-Velez IV
Jorge and Virginia Dominicis; Rev. Brian King; Teresa and Enrique Tomeu
Alfy and Raysa Fanjul; Cathie and Andres Fanjul
Robert and Julie Reveley
Silvia Arruza and Carlos Arruza, Jr.
Cathy and Michael Cooney
Jacqui and Chris Gannon
Catholic Charities thanks our extraordinary Gala Chairmen,  Cathie and Andres Fanjul and Raysa and Alfy Fanjul, and Honorary Chairmen (pictured) and Kim and Ray Celedinas.  Together with the Ladies Committee, you were the driving force behind the remarkable success of this year's gala.  We are also truly grateful to all of our sponsors, donors, and friends who contributed to the success of the evening!

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