Staff Report (Florida Catholic)
Venice â€“ Two Catholic Charities events in late February provided evenings of fun for patrons of two unique programs and generated a much needed boost to cover the critical costs which help the needy receive critical services.
The 2017 Our Motherâ€™s House Wine Tasting, Auction and Dinner Dance celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Catholic Charities program. More than 500 homeless mothers and their children have received assistance from Our Motherâ€™s House since the doors opened three decades ago. The fundraiser, with about 350 people in attendance, was held at the Venice Community Center on Feb. 16 and included wine tasting, a bucket raffle, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing.
In honor of the anniversary, several mothers who were former clients of Our Motherâ€™s House attended the gala and were recognized with applause from patrons. Current resident of the program, Diana, spoke to the crowd about her story of struggle, courage, and hope. Proceeds from the event will be used to ensure that mothers and their children receive the programming and services they needed as they strive for self-sufficiency.
At the second event, Fat Tuesday colors of green, gold, and purple along with festive masks which were donned by the more than 250 people that attended the 2017 Mardi Gras Madness event on Feb. 25 at Michael’s on East in Sarasota.
The lively gala benefited Bethesda House of Catholic Charities and featured a Fat Tuesday Wine Pull, French Quarter Silent Auction, Big Easy Live Auction, a mask contest, dinner, and dancing. Terri Maze was event chair and Drs. Thomas and Jacqueline Kelly were honorary chairs. Bethesda House of Catholic Charities provides support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
To learn more about the programs of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice please visit www.catholiccharitiesdov.org.