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Catholic Charities ball raises general operating funds

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For 35 years, Catholic Charities and a devoted group of volunteers and staff have organized a special evening of celebration that highlights the positive impact of the institution’s work as well as raising critical general operating funds.

This year’s Catholic Charities Ball, “Together, Uplifting Families,” sold out with more than 950 guests, introduced a young adult reception and raised close to $1 million.

The ball was led by Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge as master of ceremony, Father Robert Cilinski, diocesan Episcopal Vicar for Charitable Works and pastor of Church of the Nativity in Burke, Honorary Chairs Mercedes and Giuseppe Cecchi and their family, and Mimi and Vincent Sheehy as special gifts chairs.

Special awards were presented, including the James J. Matthews Legacy Award given to Joseph and Ann Giuffre for their efforts to help establish the ball, and the Bishop Paul Stephen Loverde Legacy Award, which pays tribute to the partnership between diocesan parishes and Charities by honoring St. Mary Church in Alexandria for its special long-term commitment to Christ House. Located in Old Town Alexandria, Christ House is a multi-dimensional service hub for Charities that provides services to the poor and disenfranchised including a transformational housing program for homeless men, a daily evening meal program, a food pantry, a thrift store and emergency assistance.

Catholic Charities is supported by the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal. 


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017