Fourth Annual “Veterans In Need” Dinner
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 by Communications

Medal of Honor Recipient, Col. Harvey Curtiss “Barney” Barnum USMC (Ret.) to Keynote Dinner to Help Local Veterans
Dinner Hosted by CBS 2 News Anchor Rob Johnson

Since it’s founding in 1917, Catholic Charities of Chicago has always made the needs of veterans a top priority. With the increase of American soldiers, sailors and airmen returning to the United States, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago continues to see a high demand in its services to support veterans.

Catholic Charities is hosting its fourth annual “Veterans in Need” dinner on Friday, May 29 at the Union League Club to raise funds for its Veterans services. Hosted by Rob Johnson of CBS 2 Chicago, the reception for the event begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a raffle featuring an exciting array of prizes! The event is expected to raise more than $130,000 and will feature Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Harvey Curtiss “Barney” Barnum as the keynote speaker.

Entertainment during the reception will be provided by Seton Academy Jazz Band. Dinner entertainment includes the Ken Arlen Jazz Quartess, as well as the presentation of Colors by the Lincoln Park High School Junior ROTC Cadets. There also will be a raffle with prizes that include a 3 night stay in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado, tickets for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Notre Dame football and overnight and dining experiences throughout Chicago. Proceeds from his important dinner for Catholic Charities support its Veterans programs which aid veterans with housing, substance abuse recovery and job placement throughout Cook and Lake Counties.

“Assisting veterans is at the core of what we do at Catholic Charities,” said Monsignor Michael Boland, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “Hundreds of veterans are helped every year through our supportive housing, substance abuse and job training and placement programs. This event provides critical financial support to help those who have bravely served their country.”

A Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Col. Harvey Curtiss “Barney” Barnum served as a Marine Officer for 27 ½ years, which included two tours in Vietnam. In 1967, Col. Barnum received the Medal of Honor for valor as a Marine in Vietnam. Following his active duty, he worked as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs until his retirement in 2009.

Major Supporters include: The Sullivan Family Foundation; Chip & Ellen Mulaney; Jim & Brenda Grusecki; David & Amanda Butts, Atlantic Trust; Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Joseph J. Duffy Company; Norm & Mary Carlson; Janet Gilbert; and John Bradshaw & Katherine Mart.
When: Friday, May 29, 2015, Reception: 5:30 p.m./Dinner: 7 p.m.

Where: The Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago (5th & 6th floors)

Price: $200 individual ticket, $2,000 for table of 10

For details or to purchase tickets, please visit For sponsorship information, please contact Dave Gardner, Event Manager, at 312-655-7907 or

About Catholic Charities
Helping people in need for more than 98 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, annually assisting 1 million people in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.  Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities.


Stephanie Krol
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