“Charity is putting our faith into practice; it is an expression of how we live our faith.”

The 10th Annual Catholic Charities Gala was a resounding success! Hosted at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, there were 275 guests in attendance, with others joining the festivities online. To celebrate over a decade of Catholic Charities Galas, over $260,000 was raised. These funds will be used to support the Disaster, Immigration Legal, Family Advancement, and Food Pantry Services of Catholic Charities across the Diocese of Raleigh.

Early in the night, Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama asked event-goers, “What is the best way for us to serve the people in need? It is through kindness and love.” He explained that it is only through love that giving has meaning, and that Catholic Charities is merely the way we express that love. “The Catholic Church through Catholic Charities is the way we reach and serve the people in need.”

Later in the night, Lisa Perkins, CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, was awarded the inaugural “Ignite Award” for her work in expanding healthy food accessibility through mobile food pantry distributions across the Diocese of Raleigh.

Speaking on Perkins’ work, Trish Healy, who along with her husband, John, created the Ignite Award, said, “Mobile Food Pantries can begin to overcome organizational limitations. We can bring food to our neighbors, and it can serve as an example and give hope.” She emphasized that these measures are a step forward in the continuing fight against food insecurity. “Because of Lisa’s aspirations, and through this first Ignite Award, Catholic Charities will begin to bridge gaps in hunger and create paths to food security.”

Echoing these sentiments, Perkins said, “I am excited about the opportunity the Ignite Award creates for Catholic Charities. This initial Ignite Award will serve as a catalyst to create a network of mobile food pantries in our diocese.”

To wrap up the speeches for the night, the evening’s emcee Ken Smith of WRAL announced the raffle winners as well as the winners of the Premier Silent Auction Item, a salmon fishing excursion to Nushagak River Adventures Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska. As the owner of Nushagak River Adventures generously donated an additional two fishing trips to the Gala, the top three silent auction winners will all be traveling to Alaska!

To receive full resolution copies of any of the pictures below, please email Malcolm.Nicol@ccharitiesdor.org with the file number. The file number can be found in the bottom left corner after clicking on the image.

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Hosted by:

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

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

April 30, 2022


Black Tie • Reception • Dinner • Remarks
Raffle • Premier Silent Auction • Music

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, clients and community remain paramount as Catholic Charities carries out our ministry. In the months leading up to the Gala, we will continue to monitor and take appropriate precautions in accordance with CDC, OSHA and North Carolina recommendations and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

2022 Gala Raffle

$50 per ticket or 3 for $100!

Winners will be drawn during the in person event on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Winners do not need to be present to claim their prize.


~1st Prize~

Angus Barn Five-Course
Wine Cellar Dinner for 12

Donated by The Angus Barn


~2nd Prize~

Taste of the Triangle Basket
Over $1,000 in gift certificates to local restaurants 

~3rd Prize~

Oculus Quest 2
Virtual Reality System 

Premier Silent Auction Item

Fishing Trip for Two to Alaska

Nushagak River Adventures Lodge in Bristol Bay Alaska
Generously donated by Nushagak River Adventures Lodge

Support the 10th Annual Catholic Charities Gala and bid on this fishing trip to the famous
Nushagak River in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

To bid on the Premier Silent Auction Item, click the link above, scroll down to the “Event Program” and place your bid!

If you have any questions, please contact Katey.Fithian@ccharitiesdor.org.

Trip Details

Fish for king and silver salmon from July 11-15, 2022 with great service, fine cuisine, and complete relaxation. Nushagak River Adventures Lodge will provide all meals, guided fishing, and comfortable accommodations as well as a flight from Dillingham, Alaska for up to two people. This trip does not include fishing license or tags, airfare from your origin to Dillingham, Alaska, or gratuities. $250 in incidental travel expenses are included.

To learn more visit FishTheNush.com

Silent Auction bidding will open on April 15, 2022.

About the Nushagoak River Adventures Lodge


Diamond Sponsor
Melissa and Bryan Yeazel

Platinum Sponsors
Karen and Chuck Swoboda
Sumus, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
Trish and John Healy
Maria and Bob Luddy
Sitti Authentic Lebanese
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
Poyner Spruill, LLC
Terrance Shackelton

Silver Sponsors
Margaret and Philip Baddour
Joseph Brannan
Mayor John and Patty Byrne
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral
CJB18 Consulting, LLC
Margie and Mark Dellasega
Sue Ann and Donald Glower
DuLac Wealth Services
Equestrian Order of the
Holy Sepulchre
The Foundation of the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Legatus of Raleigh
Lincoln Financial
Becky and Carman Liuzzo
Rebecca and John McCabe
Heather and Adam McCarthy
Roberta and Rick Miller-Haraway
Mother Teresa Catholic Church
John Paat and Ann Reed
St. Ann Catholic Church, Clayton
Alexandra and Anthony Vance
Adrienne and Stephen Yates

As of April 27, 2022


Ellen Crowley, Co-Chair
Karen Swoboda, Co-Chair

Kerrie Debbs
Emily Edwards
Yolanda Flores
Molly O’Reardan
Sabeena Poonamalle
Henry Zaytoun, III

Since its inception in 2011, the Annual Gala has raised over $1.7 million to allow Catholic Charities to serve our neighbors in need. 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 the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Catholic Charities has been honored to have speakers such as former Duke Football Coach David Cutcliffe and former President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Carolyn Woo, share in this tremendous event.

In 2022, we will be celebrating 10 years of the community showing incredible support for the mission of Catholic Charities.