Hosted by the Catholic Charities Board of Directors

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

October 21, 2O17


Reception • Dinner • Speech • Raffle



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.

In 2016, over 300 people came out to support the 6th Annual Catholic Charities Gala. The event returned to the Downtown Marriott in Raleigh and raised nearly $200,000 to help support the efforts of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh. The evening featured the Cardinal Gibbons String Quartet and a silent auction.  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

& Committee



Melissa and Bryan Yeazel


Colleen and Jim Baker
Beyer Studio, Inc.


The Doggett Family
The Law Offices of Thomas Lindgren
Maria and Bob Luddy
Kerry and Tim Mann
The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A.
Poyner Spruill, LLC
Red Hat
Karen and Chuck Swoboda


Linda and Paul Bedo
Bright Funeral Home
Mayor John and Patty Byrne
Captrust Financial Advisors
Concord Hospitality
Cruise Planners and Bam Bam Travel
Margie and Mark Dellasega
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Fifth Third Bank
Friends of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral
Friends of St. Ann, Clayton
Friends of St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest
Vicki and Ed Fritsch
Gavin IGA
Sue Ann and Donald Glower
Roberta and Rick Miller-Haraway
Patty and Rick LePage
Shane Nolan
Paragon Bank
Susan and Jim O’Brien
Cathy and Dean Penny
Ginger and David Presson
Terry Shackelton
St. Joseph of the Pines
UNC Newman Catholic Community
Mimi and Henry Zaytoun / Trish and John Healy

As of September 21, 2017


Maureen O’Keeffe-Lindgren, Chair
Ellen Crowley
Kim Duffley
Suzanne Griffin
Diane Johnston
Jen Keane
Tom Lindgren
Rebecca McCabe
Heather McCarthy
Ginger Presson
Debra Punke
Michelle Staub
Therese Taxis
Linda Wulff

Lisa Perkins
Interim Executive Director

Katey Fithian
Director of Development

Dan Altenau
Director of Communications

& Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities &
Individual Ticket Information


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to purchase sponsorships and individual tickets online.  

Please contact Katey Fithian at 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)

Past Photos

Past Events

2O16 Gala
2O15 Gala



As part of the 2017 Catholic Charities Annual Gala, a Vacation Package is being raffled off.  Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online and during the event.  

First Prize – The Vacation Package includes a $7,500 voucher to work with Cruise Planners to plot your ideal vacation to the exciting destination of your choice.  See below to learn more about Cruise Planners and the many luxurious excursions they can help you enjoy.

Second Prize – David Yurman Pendant (Retail Value – $1,975) *Donated by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

Third Prize – Apple Watch (Retail Value – $369)

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After Party

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