Porto Charities presents 2015 report to Bishop Loverde

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Porto Charities, Inc., a group dedicated to assisting the intellectually and developmentally disabled, recently presented its 2015 report to Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde.

The group's 2015 "Special Kids-Special Needs" collection totaled $117,796.36, an increase of $14,305 from the previous year.

"We feel this is a strong indication of the support for developmentally and intellectually challenged individuals throughout the diocese," said Leo Alonso, president of Porto Charities, Inc.

Forty-six parishes participated in this year's collection. St. John Neumann Church in Reston led the way with a donation of $8,924, followed by Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna ($8,857), Church of the Nativity in Burke ($8,750) and Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling ($6,439).

Porto's board of directors voted to appropriate up to $17,000 from its general operating fund to increase its available charity grant awards to $120,000 in support of special need programs within the diocese.

The 2014 charity grants included $20,000 to Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, $18,500 to Holy Spirit School in Annandale and $15,000 to Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015