Event Summary

On November 5, over 300 people came out to support the 6th Annual Catholic Charities Gala. The event was held at the Downtown Marriott in Raleigh. The event raised nearly $200,000 to help support the efforts of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh.

“This is a special night to come together and raise awareness about the powerful work of Catholic Charities throughout the Diocese,” said Lisa Perkins, Catholic Charities assistant director.

The evening featured the Cardinal Gibbons String Quartet and a silent auction. Top items from the silent auction included many exciting items, such as a private dinner at the Angus Barn with Msgr. Lewis and Msgr. Sherba and a private tour of the Cathedral with Msgr. Brockman.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, gave the keynote speech. He thanked guests for their generous support which allowed Catholic Charities to serve nearly 59,000 individuals last year.

Read Bishop Burbidge’s keynote address



In 2011, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh held its first gala in the Cardinal Gibbons High School gymnasium. Hosted by Bishop Burbidge and the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, this event served to raise awareness of the Catholic Charities mission. In 2014, the goal of the gala was expanded to include an emphasis on becoming a significant fund raising tool for Catholic Charities.

Approximately 1/4 of the Catholic Charities annual budget (exclusive of clothes and grocery inventory) is funded through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Funding is also provided through grants and donor support, however there is still a great need for additional revenue, which is why the Gala is a critical component.

In 2014, the 4th Annual Catholic Charities Gala was held at the Downtown Raleigh Marriott and raised nearly $150,000 with Duke Football Coach David Cutcliffe giving an inspiring speech on servant leadership. With the help of generous sponsors and the addition of a silent auction, this event raised nearly three times the amount of any past effort.

In 2015, the 5th Annual Catholic Charities Gala returned to the Downtown Raleigh Marriott with over 350 guests gathering to celebrate the great works of Catholic Charities and listen to insightful remarks by Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services. Once again, through the generosity of sponsors and guests, the gala raised over $233,000 to further the mission of serving those in need throughout Eastern North Carolina.

Sponsors & Committee

Gold Sponsors

Affordable Communities Group
The Doggett Family
Mary Ellen and Joseph Gustainis
The Law Offices of Tom Lindgren
Maria and Bob Luddy
Kerry and Tim Mann
The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A.
Poyner Spruill, LLC
Realo Discount Drugs
Red Hat

Silver Sponsors

Linda and Paul Bedo
Charlie and Trish Bernard
Fran and Tim Buckley
Margie and Mark Dellasega
Fifth Third Bank
Vicki and Ed Fritsch
Sue Ann and Donald Glower
Lincoln Financial Group
Molly and Scott Mahoney
The McCarthy Family
Roberta and Richard Miller-Haraway

Shane Nolan
Cathy and Dean Penny
Terry Shackelton
Sports Media Technology
Adrienne and Deacon Stephen Yates
Mimi and Henry Zaytoun/Trish and John Healy
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Friends of St. Ann, Clayton
Friends of St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest

Committee Members

Maureen O’Keeffe-Lindgren

Rebecca McCabe

Ellen Crowley
Diane Elmayan
Agatha Esposito
Jen Frazer
Vicki Fritsch
Tom Lindgren
Mary Maher
Olivia Martin
Heather McCarthy
Cathy Penny
Michelle Staub
Jillian Totman

Katey Fithian
Director of Stewardship
Diocese of Raleigh

Liz McKee
Assistant Director of Stewardship
Diocese of Raleigh

Daniel Altenau
Director of Communications
Catholic Charities

Sponsorships & Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities and Individual Ticket Information

Registration for the event has now closed.  Please contact Katey Fithian at Kathryn.fithian@raldioc.org or 919-821-8142 if you have any questions about Sponsorship Opportunities and Ticket Purchases.

Presenting Sponsor: $15,OOO

  • Three VIP tables of ten at the Gala
  • Recognition as the Presenting Sponsor and exclusive top billing
  • Company logo/name will be prominently displayed in the invitation
  • Recognition in NC Catholic
  • Identified as the Presenting Sponsor in all media releases
  • Prominent listing on the Gala website
  • On-air mention on Raleigh to Rome.

Platinum Sponsor: $10,OOO

  • Two VIP tables of ten at the Gala
  • Company logo/name will be prominently displayed in the invitation
  • Recognition in NC Catholic
  • Company identified as a Premier Sponsor in all media releases
  • Prominent listing on the Gala website
  • On-air mention on Raleigh to Rome.

Gold Sponsor: $5,OOO

  • One VIP table of ten at the Gala
  • Recognition in  NC Catholic
  • Prominent listing on the Gala website

Silver Sponsor: $2,5OO

  • One table of ten at the Gala
  • Recognition in NC Catholic
  • Listing on the Gala website

Patron Tickets: $2OO (on an available basis)

Silent Auction

Silent Auction

The 2016 Gala Silent Auction is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who supported the silent auction.  You can view the exciting items that were up for bid on the Silent Auction website.

Past Photos

Please visit the 2015 Gala page for more information about last year’s event!

Dr. Carolyn Woo’s address to the audience:

Opening remarks from Executive Director Gary Skinner:

Bishop Burbidge’s remarks at the Gala:

NC Catholics Magazine Writer Kate Watson Interviews Dr. Woo