Catholic Charities' Emerald Ball nets $250,000

Dr. Susan Park, Armando Galella, and Ruth and Dr. Francisco Smith were among the Emerald Ball supporters.

Dr. Susan Park, Armando Galella, and Ruth and Dr. Francisco Smith were among the Emerald Ball supporters.

Elaine Stanley, advisory board chair for Catholic Charities, welcomed the Emerald Ball attendees.

Elaine Stanley, advisory board chair for Catholic Charities, welcomed the Emerald Ball attendees.

Left, Richard and Barbara Mack and Bishop Frank Dewane enjoy a moment together at the Emerald Ball,

Left, Richard and Barbara Mack and Bishop Frank Dewane enjoy a moment together at the Emerald Ball,

Catholic Charities' Emerald Ball, held on March 17 at The Ritz Carlton-Tiburon netted $250,000 to support the mission of Catholic Charities benefiting individuals and families in need of social and human services in Collier County.

Live auction offerings included Bishop Frank Dewane as guest of honor at a special occasion or dinner, a week in a five bedroom villa in Provence, France, six nights for two couples at the Vineyard Hideaway on The Estate of Benovia  Winery, a trip for two to Ireland,  and a three-year lease on a 2012 Smart Passion Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Naples.   Bidding for a week aboard the luxury liner, The World, was lively and an additional trip was donated that evening so that two buyers were able to purchase it for $20,000 each.

"We are thankful for the generous support of our sponsors, donors and attendees," said Ruth Smith, 2012 Emerald Ball committee co-chair.  "We are also indebted to our dedicated committee and volunteers who help make this event a success.  Catholic Charities supports families facing hardships in Collier County.  The proceeds from The Emerald Ball ensure they get the help they need to weather temporary challenges or improve their lives."

The mission of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc., is to fight poverty, strengthen families and build communities. Agency services and programs shall ensure human dignity and enhance the quality of life for all persons regardless of race, creed, color or religious affiliation. The populations served are at or below the poverty level as determined by current Federal Standards which includes individuals, couples, children, families, single parents, non-custodial families, refugees, migrant farm workers, and many others in need of specific assistance.

For more information, call (239) 455-2655, or visit www.catholiccharities.org.

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