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Dinner to benefit Catholic Charities
archived from: 2013-05-06

Local individuals and organizations will receive awards

Bishop David Zubik will host the 31st Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities on Friday, May 10, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The theme of the fund-raiser, “Making Good Mornings and Better Days Possible,” will celebrate the individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving the lives of others in the region.

The bishop will be joined by co-chairs Susie and Neal Shipley, both of Huntington Bank. Through their efforts, Huntington Bank donated $50,000 to Catholic Charities to become the dinner’s first-ever presenting sponsor.

Premier sponsors for the event include: the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Federated Investors Inc., Highmark Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Jones Day, Keith and Carol Loiselle and family, McKamish, and UPMC and UPMC Health Plan.

In 2012, Catholic Charities served 72,656 people with programs and services offered in six counties, which includes the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center, St. Joseph House of Hospitality, and Challenges: Options in Aging centers and in-home services for seniors in Lawrence County.

As Catholic Charities’ single largest fund-raising event of the year, the Annual Bishop’s Dinner generates the resources needed to make a real difference in people’s lives.

“The mission of Catholic Charities is simple at its heart and yet intricate and intense in its reality,” Bishop Zubik said. “Catholic Charities defines its success by creating a journey for each one of our brothers and sisters in Christ who comes to them that can lead them to a place where they are stronger and more stable.”

One of the highlights of the annual dinner is the presentation of Caritas Awards to individuals and organizations in recognition of their charitable service.

The 2013 award recipients are:

• David Malone, Gateway Financial — Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl Flame of Hope Award

Malone’s professional and civic contributions have set a remarkable path for growth, collaboration and enrichment in the region that continue to promote and provide greater opportunities for all. His service includes being chairman of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board, executive committee.

• Duquesne University — Caritas Award for Service

In recent years, students, faculty and alumni have volunteered their time and expertise to treat patients at the health center; collected food and will provide mentoring opportunities for children through “Hope Totes,” an initiative that begins in the fall with Catholic Charities and the Duquesne School of Business; and they’ve provided ongoing assistance for the agency’s holiday outreach efforts.

• St. Bernard Parish, Mount Lebanon — Living the Spirit Award

Father David Bonnar, St. Bernard’s pastor, will accept the award on behalf of the parish that has designated Catholic Charities as its “charity of choice.” Ministries and parishioners have helped Catholic Charities by providing support and mentoring for newly arrived refugees, collecting donations of baby-care items for expectant and new mothers, and engaging youth to help as ambassadors at agency events.

They will receive this new award that recognizes their selfless and tireless compassion for the most vulnerable among us. Howe will be recognized for her work with orphan children from Bosnia; Ruppel for mentoring and resettling “Lost Boys” orphans from Sudan; and Slencak for her advocacy of foster children and community leadership in philanthropy.

Susan Rauscher, executive director of Catholic Charities said, “I look forward to this special evening to say ‘thank you’ for the good mornings and better days that our guests will make possible through their incredible generosity. Their support of Catholic Charities through the Bishop’s Dinner blesses our outreach with the significant resources needed to provide emergency assistance, health care, pregnancy and parenting support, housing and homeless assistance, and support for our elderly. Surely the individuals and families who will turn to us for help will wake up to better days knowing that their burdens have been lifted.”

The Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities will begin at 6 p.m. with a general reception, with dinner following at 7:30 p.m. Larry Richert, KDKA radio host, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $300 per person and can be purchased by contacting Bethany Shaw, development manager, at 412-456-6968 or bshaw@ccpgh.org.




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