Hosted by:

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

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

April 29, 2023


Black Tie • Reception • Dinner • Remarks

Sponsorship Opportunities

Diamond Sponsor – $25,000


-Reservations for 20 guests at 2 tables with Premier Seating

-Recognition from the podium

-Special Event Gift

Platinum Sponsor – $10,000


-Reservations for 10 guests at 1 table with Premier Seating

-Recognition from the podium

-Special Event Gift

Gold Sponsor – $5,000


-Reservations for 10 guests at 1 table

-Recognition from the podium

Silver Sponsor – $2,500


-Reservations for 2 guests

Parish Sponsor (Reserved for Diocese of Raleigh Parishes) – $2,500

-Reservations for 10 guests at 1 table

All Gala sponsors will also be recognized in the following ways:

  • In the Gala printed program
  • In event signage
  • On the Gala website
  • If you are interested in sponsoring the 2023 Gala, or would like information about sponsoring at an amount other than those listed above, please contact Katey Fithian, Director of Development at

Young Adults

Catholic Charities recognizes that the Young Adults of our Diocese are the next generation to make a lasting impact in our communities and help Catholic Charities further its mission of providing help to our brothers and sisters in need. After seeing a younger crowd at the 10 Annual Gala, Catholic Charities has decided to once again offer Young Adults (ages 21-35) the discounted rate of $75 per ticket. We hope to see you there!

2023 Gala Committee Members


Kerrie Debbs, Co-Chair

Karen Swoboda, Co-Chair

Ellen Crowley

Emily Edwards

Yolanda Flores

Beth Gildea

Molly O’Reardon

Henry Zaytoun, III.

“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!

Since its inception in 2011, the Annual Gala has raised nearly $2 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.