Hosted by:

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

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

November 16, 2O19


Reception • Dinner • Remarks • Raffle

Live Music 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 400 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 such as 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 was adopted with additional emphasis being placed on making this a celebration.


Platinum Sponsors
Colleen and Jim Baker
Maria and Bob Luddy

Gold Sponsors
Affordable Communities Group
The Doggett Family
Poyner Spruill, LLC
Karen and Chuck Swoboda

Silver Sponsors
Linda and Paul Bedo
Mayor John and Patty Byrne
Margie and Mark Dellasega
Fifth Third Bank
Friends of Catholic Charities
Friends of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Sue Ann and Donald Glower
The Granzow Consulting Group
Patty and Rick LePage
Lincoln Financial
The Law Offices of Tom Lindgren
Becky and Carman Liuzzo
Kerry and Tim Mann
Heather and Adam McCarthy
Shane Nolan
Cathy and Dean Penny
Carol Marino and Larry Spitznagle
Terrance Shackelton
St. Joseph of the Pines
Emily and Jeff Vista
Deacon Stephen and Adrienne Yates

As of 8/26/19


Ellen Crowley, Chair
Kim Duffley
Sue Ann Glower
Diane Johnston
Ginger Ward-Presson
Christa Ritchie
Therese Taxis
Molly O’Reardan

Lisa Perkins
Executive Director

Katey Fithian
Development Director

Daniel Altenau
Communications Director

Gabby Amos

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

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

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)

Coming Soon

– 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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