Toasting a Century of Hope
Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Communications

On Monday, June 12, more than 750 guests toasted Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago at its 100th Anniversary Century of Hope Civic Dinner at the Chicago Hilton. Monsignor Michael Boland, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, hosted the dinner and Mr. & Mrs. Richard Burke Sr. and Mr. &  Mrs. Al Moschner were the co-chairs of the event.  Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, receiving line with Monsignor Boland, dinner, a salute by U.S. Marines, and music by Roderick Dixon. In addition, guests were the first Chicagoans to witness the unveiling of the 100th anniversary video

The benefit raised more than $800,000. Proceeds from the dinner benefit homelessness, emergency food and support services, children and family services, maternity and adoption, veterans, seniors, and domestic violence shelter programs. 

“One million people count on the support of Catholic Charities each year,” said Monsignor Boland. “We give those that come to us much more than a bag of food, a hot meal, or a bed for the night—although those things are vitally important. We give them hope. We show them that they are cared for and that their lives matter. We restore their dignity and help them find a new path.”

Since 1917, Catholic Charities has supported all who turn to the nonprofit for assistance through services touching a broad array of human needs, bringing help and healing to those who need it most. Today, every 30 seconds someone turns to Catholic Charities for help. Nearly 1 million people count on the support and services Catholic Charities provides at their 150 locations in the most vulnerable and underserved communities in Cook and Lake counties.
Catholic Charities of Chicago is one of the largest private, nonprofit social service agencies in the Midwest. 

From April 2017 – April 2018 Catholic Charities will celebrate the 100th anniversary milestone with a variety of special events. Other events will be held throughout the year, including a fall symposium, “Building Peaceful Communities,” and a spring volunteer week. For details on 100th Anniversary celebrations, visit Return | Print