Honorees announced for 2020 Catholic Charities Gala

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Allentown – which provides vital services for thousands of individuals and families throughout Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties – will hold its 13th Annual Gala – “At Home With Catholic Charities” – with the goal of increasing fundraising to serve the less-fortunate in our communities.

While guided by Catholic social teaching, the agency has served individuals of all faiths since 1954.

This year’s gala will be Sunday, March 8 at 5 p.m. at the DeSales University Center, Center Valley. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, a special appeal and presentations to the honorees, as well as a special raffle.

Last year’s gala, attended by nearly 500 people, raised $250,000.

This year’s gala honorees are: Monsignor John Martin, pastor of St. Peter, Coplay; and Anthony (Tony) and Mary Martocci, parishioners of Assumption BVM, Bethlehem.

Jane and Von George will serve as gala chairpersons. Other committee members are: Paul Acampora, Evelyn and Anthony Carfagno (past co-chairs), Patty and Paul Huck (past co-chairs), Lori Mergel, Andrea Neagle, Rob Nicolella, Pam Russo, Julie Scheck, and Debra Walter.

All proceeds from the gala will support Catholic Charities programs and services in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.

Services include: emergency food pantries, soup kitchens in Allentown and Pottsville, Chew Street Community Center in Allentown, case management, individual and family counseling, pregnancy and parenting support, veterans support, services for older adults, immigration services, adoption search and reunion, and disaster relief services.

“The most important thing to staff and donors always is how we can help those who need us and how can we help more of them. Our annual gala raises funds to enable us to do more,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Rob Nicolella.

“We are so excited and proud to be honoring Monsignor Martin and Tony and Mary Martocci. Each of them believes in and shares our mission to provide compassionate service to all with respect for the sanctity of life.”

You can help support Catholic Charities’ annual gala, thereby funding the vital services it provides, by attending the gala, becoming a sponsor, purchasing an advertisement in the gala program book, purchasing raffle tickets or making a direct gift to Catholic Charities.

For more information, contact Julie Scheck, Catholic Charities advancement director, at 610-871-5200 ext. 2216 or jscheck@allentowndiocese.org.


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