Friday, September 11, 2020

Gala of the Arts has always set the stage to help people in crisis -  we are sad to announce that the 19th Annual Gala of the Arts is CANCELED due to COVID-19.

The event will take place next year in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago, and feature performing and visual arts. This black-tie optional event has become one of Chicago's premier social events, benefiting Catholic Charities Family Stabilization Efforts.

Contact Kaaron Johnson, Special Events Manager, at with any questions or if you are interested in joining this great Planning Committee!

 Emergency Services

Family Stabilization Efforts

Catholic Charities Family Stabilization Efforts provides basic human
needs. Food is the most requested basic need. Other services include
emergency financial assistance, benefits screening, clothing, emergency
shelter, short-term case management, advocacy, and referrals.

Despite unemployment in Illinois seeing a slight decrease, those who turn
to Catholic Charities for help are still facing a significant roadblock and are
struggling to provide for their families. The majority of jobs that pay family-
supporting wages now require some amount of postsecondary education,
training, or certification. This creates a significant obstacle for our clients who
have less education or work experience.

The program served over one million meals last year through our eight food
pantries and screened over 2,000 people for the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program. 
Without the assistance provided by Catholic Charities, some of
the most vulnerable people in our area would have nowhere else to turn for
basic human needs.

Your contribution gives people in need — people who live and work in your
community — help and hope.
2019 Gala of the Arts entertainment:


The Gold Coast All Stars have quickly earned their place as one of the preeminent wedding and event bands in the entire country! With each performance, expectations of what is possible in event entertainment are shattered. The All Star group has been hailed as being at the forefront of the next generation of high end entertainers, and the concept has been heralded as revolutionary.

 Art Show

Always a crowd favorite, the Art Show & Sale features original artwork, photographs and giclee productions by 15-17 locally and nationally recognized artists.

All of our artists donate a percentage of their art sales to benefit Catholic Charities Family Stabilization Efforts. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for their incredible generosity.


Carol Bilder
Jacqui Blatchford
Maureen Carr
Tom DeMint
Gordon France
Suk Ja Kang
Gerri Kaye
Joey Korom
Dena Lyons
Mark McMahon
Patrice S. Nelson
Lynn Neuman
Dennis B. O’Malley
Mary Rezek
Linda Roxe
John Seubert
Jason Ulman
James Wilbat
 Mandatum Award

The Gala of the Arts Mandatum Award

The Mandatum Award, given annually at the Gala of the Arts, is the most prestigious honor that Catholic Charities awards each year and celebrates the awardee’s exemplification of Christ’s mandate to serve the poor with compassion and generosity.


2019 Mr. Peter M. Kelliher II

2018 – Mr. & Mrs. James N. Perry, Jr.

 – The Glunz Family – John Glunz, Joseph Glunz, Louis J. Glunz III, Barbara Glunz Donovan and Patricia Spencer

2016 – Deacon Stan Strom

2015 – Mr. & Mrs. William L. Hardy; Mr. & Mrs. William J. Jovan; Mr. & Mrs. James Serritella

2014 – The Women’s Board of Catholic Charities, Lake County Services

2013 – Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Bilder

2012 – Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. Guzior

2011 – Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Mulaney, Jr. 

2010 – Illinois Club for Catholic Women 

2009 – Most Reverend Timothy J. Lyne†

2008 – The De Santis Family Foundation             
   Accepted by Kyle De Santis

2007 – Mr. & Mrs. Ronald P. Laurent

2006 – Mr. Salvatore C. Argento†             
   Presented to Mrs. Sam (Mary Jean) Argento & son, Vincent Argento

2005 – Mr. & Mrs. John Geldermann  

2004 – Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Burke, Sr.

2003 – Dedication of the Mandatum Work of Art

2002 – Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Havey             
   Mr.† & Mrs.† Richard Carrigan, Sr.             

† Deceased


We offer our sincere appreciation to the individuals and organizations who sponsored the 2019 Gala of the Arts. Because of your generosity, more people in need will be assisted through the services that Catholic Charities provides.

2019 Gala of the Arts Sponsors

Entertainment Sponsor
Michael & Carol Bilder

Cocktail Hour Sponsor:
Thomas W. Havey

Mobile Bidding Sponsor:
Louis Glunz Wines & The House of Glunz 

Photography Sponsor:
Richard & Christine Guzior &
Richards Building Supply Co.

Party Favor Sponsor:
Jim & Anthony Serritella

Wine Table Sponsor:
Dennis & Kristina Kelleher

Raffle Sponsor:
Marshall Pierce & Company

Orchestra Table Sponsors:
Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.

Dress Circle Table Sponsors:

Mary Clare & Joseph Starshak

Mezzanine Table Sponsors:
William & Mary Alice Jovan
William & Jeanne Hardy
Jack & CeCe Hartmann
David & Charlie Kaminski
Kates Detective & Security
Gloria & Jeffrey Schwartz

Art Board Sponsors:
10Pin Bowling Lounge
Emile & Shari Johnson
Andrea & Irwin Press

Artist Sponsors:
10Pin Bowling Lounge
James & Jeanie Sullivan

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Mailing Address:

Catholic Charities
Gala of the Arts
721 N LaSalle Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

 Event Details
We are saddened to announce that The 19th Annual Gala of the Arts will no longer take place on Friday, September 11, 2020 due to COVID -19. In previous years this event has featured an exquisite Art Show & Sale, Silent Auctions, and has raised over $200,000 for Catholic Charities Family Stabilization Efforts. This year we are continuing our fundraiser and asking if your current means allow, a contribution at or exceeding your traditional giving level for this event would make an exceptional impact this year. Reservations are typically  $275 a person or tables for $2,750. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Kaaron Johnson, Special Events Manger at 312-655-7290 or