Hosted by:

The Most Reverend Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama
the Catholic Charities Board of Directors

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

October 27, 2O18


Reception • Dinner • Speech • Raffle

Live Music by:

Photo Booth provided by:



The annual Catholic Charities Gala is a critical event which allows the community to celebrate the great work of staff and volunteers while also providing financial support for the organization to ensure high quality services can continue to be provided.  Over the past eight years, over $1 million has been raised through the annual gala.  The event was first held in the Cardinal Gibbons High School gymnasium in 2011.  Over time the event outgrew this space, attracting over 300 guests a year, and was moved to other locations including the Downtown Raleigh Marriott and is now held at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Catholic Charities has been honored to have speakers Duke Football Coach David Cutcliffe and President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Carolyn Woo, share in this tremendous event. In 2018, a new format for the event is being adopted with additional emphasis being placed on making this a celebration.

Sponsors &


Diamond Sponsors

Melissa and Bryan Yeazel

Sterling Sponsors

Bruce Capps and Martha Woodry, Martha B. Capps Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

Colleen and Jim Baker

Gold Sponsors

Beyer Studio, Inc.
Trish and John Healy
Maria and Bob Luddy
The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A.
Poyner Spruill, LLC
Realo Discount Drug
Red Hat
Karen and Chuck Swoboda

Silver Sponsors

AT&T North Carolina
Linda and Paul Bedo
Mayor John and Patty Byrne
Captrust Financial Advisors
Friends of Catholic Charities
Margie and Mark Dellasega
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Fifth Third Bank
Vicki and Ed Frtisch
Sue Ann and Donald Glower
Samantha and Greg Hatem
The Law Offices of Thomas Lindgren
Becky and Carman Liuzzo
Kerry and Tim Mann
Roberta and Rick Miller-Haraway
Heather and Adam McCarthy
Sabina and Cary Newman
Shane Nolan
Susan and Jim O’Brien
Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes
Paragon Bank
Cathy and Dean Penny
PNC Bank
St. Joseph of the Pines
Terrance Shackelton
Therese and Gene Taxis
Lawson and Stephen Travers
Deborah and Julian Yang
Deacon Stephen and Adrienne Yates

*As of October 1, 2018


Ellen Crowley, Co-Chair
Maureen O’Keeffe-Lindgren, Co-Chair

Kim Duffley
Suzanne Griffin
Diane Johnston
Jennifer Keene
Tom Lindgren
Heather McCarthy
Sabina Newman
Ginger Presson
Christa Ritchie
Michelle Staub
Therese Taxis

Lisa Perkins
Executive Director

Katey Fithian
Director of Development

Daniel Altenau
Director of Communications

& Tickets


Online sponsorship and ticket transactions have closed.

Please contact Katey Fithian at or by phone at (919) 821 – 8142 with any questions.


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: $25O (on an available basis)

2018 Recap

– For it is in giving that we receive — St. Francis of Assisi

On Saturday, October 27, the 8th Annual Catholic Charities Gala was held at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. More than 400 guests, which was the highest attendance record in the gala’s history, joined the celebration and helped raise over $260,000. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities programs across the Diocese of Raleigh including, Disaster Services, Emergency Assistance, Immigration Services, and Services in Support of the Family.

Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama spoke to gala-goers about the importance of giving back.  It is not how much we give, he said, but how much love we put into giving. “Charity is love. It’s how our actions express love to the ones who need something,” he said. “In this year that I have been bishop of Raleigh, I have seen you in the diocese. And I have seen the expression of love here … it is our faith.”

“Each year this event has continued to grow,” shared Lisa Perkins, Catholic Charities executive director. “We are elated at how many friends of Catholic Charities came out this evening to celebrate our work.”

The festive evening began with the Cardinal Gibbons High School String Quartet welcoming guests into the reception area and concluded with the band PushPlay keeping guests on the dancefloor until the end of the evening.

Funds raised will help Catholic Charities continue to serve vulnerable families across central and eastern North Carolina. “It is incredible to see such great support from the community,” shared Katey Fithian, development director for Catholic Charities. “Without the generosity of everyone who supported this event, we would not be able to provide help and create hope for families each day.”


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Online raffle ticket sales have closed.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the 2018 Catholic Charities Gala.

Please contact Katey Fithian at or by phone at (919) 821 – 8142 with any questions.

Everyone has a chance to be a winner by participating in the 2018 Gala Raffle!
$50 per ticket. Buy 2 for $100, and you will automatically receive a 3rd ticket!

Raffle Ticket Prizes

~1st Prize~

Royal Carribean Cruise for Two
with $500 in travel expenses

Package valued at $4,300
Cruise Planners and Bam Bam Travel

~2nd Prize~

Angus Barn Five-Course
Wine Cellar Dinner for 12

Donated by The Angus Barn

~3rd Prize~

Bose Soundlink Headphones
Retail Value $280