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Friday, September 7, 2018

Setting the stage to help people in crisis - the 17th Annual Gala of the Arts will take place in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago, and will 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. Reservations begin at $300 per ticket, and sponsorships are available. Contact Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Special Events Manager, at with any questions or if you are interested in joining this great Planning Committee!

 Emergency Services

Family Stabilization Services


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.

Last year, 1.8 million meals were served through our eight food pantries and
nearly 1,200 people were screened for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program. The department also received 74,000 requests for rent and utility
assistance. 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.

From bop to pop…the evolution of a sound!

3 parts Jersey Boys, 2 parts Motown: The Musical and "not your grandma's doo wop", these five charismatic, handsome, triple threat Broadway stars – with their hot 5-piece band -- tear it up, with musicality, dancing and showmanship not found with any other group in the world!  They “re-doo” classic Doo Wop songs from the 50’s and 60’s and make ‘em sound fresh and new…and they take contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Maroon 5, and “doowopify” them!   Perfect entertainment for people ages 10 to 100!

 Art Show

Always a crowd favorite, the Art Show & Sale features original artwork, photographs and giclee productions by 15-16 locally and nationally recognized artists. Commissioned pieces will be available from a number of the artists participating, just inquire!

All of our artists are donating a percentage of their art sales to benefit Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Programs. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for their incredible generosity.

If you are interested in participating as an artist in next year's Gala, please contact Andrea Young, Event Assistant, at

The 2018 Gala of the Arts Silent Auction is now LIVE! Click here to browse auction items and start bidding!

Sapphire Raffle:

One winner will receive an 18k white gold pendant with
a 1.44 carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by 15 round
brilliant cut diamonds, with an appraised value of $5,000.

Generously donated and authentication provided by Marshall Pierce & Co.

Tickets are $50 each or three for $100. Click here to purchase your tickets!

 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. 

The recipients of the 2018 Mandatum Award will be Mr. & Mrs. Jim and Molly Perry for their generosity and unwavering support of people in need.


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


Sponsorships are available by contacting Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez at or registering below.

Download a Gala of the Arts Information & Sponsorship Brochure

Download a Gala of the Arts Sponsorship and Ad Sales Commitment Form

Register here!

We offer our sincere appreciation to the individuals and organizations sponsoring the 2018 Gala of the Arts. Because of your generosity, more people in need will be assisted through the services that Catholic Charities provides.

2018 Gala of the Arts Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:
Michael & Carol Bilder

Dinner Sponsor:
Chip & Ellen Mulaney

Entertainment Sponsor:
Dennis & Kristina Kelleher

Art Show & Sale and Audio Visual Sponsor:
Sage Foundation

Cocktail Hour Sponsor:
Thomas W. Havey

Photography Sponsor:
Bill & Sue McErlean

Party Favor Sponsor:
Richard & Christine Guzior &
Richards Building Supply Co.

Wine Table Sponsor:
Jim & Anthony Serritella

Program Sponsor:
Gerry & Heide Kenny

Raffle Sponsor:
Marshall Pierce & Company

Orchestra Table Sponsors:
Warehouse Direct
Richard C. Witzel

Dress Circle Table Sponsors:

Wintrust Bank

Mezzanine Table Sponsors:
Bob & Jeanne Casey
William & Mary Alice Jovan
William & Jeanne Hardy
Kates Detective & Security
Gloria & Jeffrey Schwartz

Art Board Sponsors:
Susan & Jerry Malloy
Mary Anne & Charles Bobrinskoy
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 Gala Mailing Address

If you would like to receive more information regarding the Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts, please complete the form below or, contact Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Special Events Manager, at

Mailing Address:

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

 Event Details
The 17th Annual Gala of the Arts will take place on Friday September 7, 2018 at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The event will feature an exquisite Art Show & Sale, Grand Raffle, and a live performance by the Doo Wop Project. For more information about Gala of the Arts, please contact Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Special Events Manager, at 312-655-7290 or

See pictures from last year's event HERE!

Register here!

Donate here!

Black tie optional

Navy Pier is located at 600 E. Grand Avenue.

• From the north, take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) to the Grand Avenue exit.
• From the northwest, take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the Ohio Street Exit, south on Orleans to Illinois Street and proceed east.
• From the west, take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to Columbus Drive, north to Illinois Street and proceed east.
• From the southwest, take the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to Lake Shore Drive (US 41), north to Illinois Street and proceed east.
• From the south, take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) east to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to Lake Shore Drive (US 41), north to Illinois Street and proceed east.
• From the southeast, take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) north to the Illinois Street exit.

The wine table is back by popular demand! Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase wine from one of five upscale, boutique wineries. All wines will be available for $100 and you may choose to enjoy them during the dinner as an upgrade to the house wine service or take them home as an addition to your personal wine cellar.

Choose from the following red wines:
Dutton Goldfield Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2015
Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2012

Choose from the following white wines:
Dutton Goldfield Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay, 2015
Apriori Napa Valley Sauvignon Blank, 2015
Pierre Delize Sparkling, Magnum

Choose the quantity of bottles you wish to purchase and let us know in the notes which bottles you would like! Click here to purchase wine online until Tuesday Sep. 4, 2018. After this date, you may call 312-655-7290 to pre-purchase.

A limited quantity of wines will be available for purchase at the event.