Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bishop's Charity Ball Gains More Than 700K For Catholic Schools

SAGINAW – The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw’s first Bishop's Charity Ball was a giant success Friday evening, collecting more than $700,000 for Catholic education.

"The response to this effort was wonderfully generous," said the Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Bishop of Saginaw. "Our Catholic schools are a valuable asset in our faith tradition.

"I am thankful that so many members of our diocese understand the need for strong Catholic schools and are willing to support this important investment in our children's education and our future. This event helps a great deal in our continued effort to make sure that a quality Catholic education is available for parent’s who want a Catholic school education for their child."

Nearly 800 people were in attendance for the diocese’s first Bishop’s Charity Ball held on Friday, April 20, 2007 at the Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State St. in Saginaw Township, to celebrate Catholic education and raise money to benefit Catholic schools.

Funds were raised through raffle tickets sold through the diocese’s participating parishes and schools, silent auction items provided by schools, dinner-dance tickets to the ball and other kind donations.

"We had an overwhelmingly positive response to this first major fund raising event for our Catholic schools," said Annette O’Brien, the diocese’s development director.

"I am amazed by the great generosity of people for this worthy cause of passing on our faith through the proud tradition of our Catholic schools. The legacy of our faith as is it taught in our Catholic schools really is priceless."

The 11-county Catholic Diocese of Saginaw consists of 106 parishes and 26 schools, including three high schools.

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