Friday, April 20, 2012

Your All-Access, Do-Gooders' Pass to Saturday, April 28!

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We are pumped for Saturday, April 28. Are you?

It’s one day with two big ways to support the people we serve. Whether you’re doing volunteer work with fellow high-school students as part of our first-ever Youth Service Day, or dancing the night away at our annual black-tie Catholic Charities Foundation Gala, April 28 is an opportunity to get involved and be part of our mission to serve. Here are the details:

1st Annual Youth Service Day: More than 100 students have already signed up to participate in our first annual Catholic Charities Youth Service Day. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Gonzaga College High School in northwest Washington, where participants will meet up with friends, celebrate Mass, then head out to one of our programs for their service experience (details are TBA – check out our Facebook event page for updates!). Afterwards, the group will reunite at Gonzaga for an after-party, where there will be plenty of food, music, and even a performance by Mr. Michael Tenney of St. Vincent Pallotti.

“Students can have a huge impact on ending poverty through service – we want to tap into this potential,” said Vince Vaghi, Outreach Assistant. “Since this is the first year of the event, we’re really just looking forward to seeing what can be done when we combine all these kids’ talents, their enthusiasm and energy, and their compassion.”

Participating schools include Academy of the Holy Cross, Bishop McNamara, DeMatha, Elizabeth Seton, Georgetown Visitation, Gonzaga College, St. Vincent Pallotti, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, plus several Archdiocese of Washington youth groups. Need more information? Do you think your school or youth group might be interested in participating? Call Deacon Jim Nalls, Parish/School Program Manager, at (202) 772-4310 for more information and be sure to check out event details online!

Last year's Gala raised $1.2 million to support our work!
Foundation Gala: Our annual Foundation Gala is a Catholic Charities tradition! Join His Eminence, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, for this special black-tie affair held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The evening features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, dancing, and live entertainment – this year we’re welcoming rock ‘n’ rollers Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes! We are hoping for over 1000 guests, all of whom share in our belief in the profound good that Catholic Charities does for men, women and children in our local community. All those philanthropic good vibes and shared support make the event feel more like a fancy family party for us!

At this year’s Gala we will honor Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, with the 2012 Voice of Hope Award. Cardinal McCarrick is a dear friend of our organization, and he has devoted his life to addressing social injustices.

This year’s Gala, chaired by Stacie and Lou Christopher of Blessed Sacrament Parish, begins at 6:30 p.m. There are still some seats left – for tickets, call Kimani at (202) 772-4331. Young professional rates are also available!

Want more information?
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