Emerald Ball celebrates 40th

The 40th Annual Emerald Ball was a great success! Held on March 14, 2024, at the Ritz Carlton Tiburon in Naples, proceeds from the elegant evening will go to support the many programs of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc., in Collier County.

The enthusiastic crowd was dressed in elegant eveningwear and the Ball included fine dining, lots of dancing, upbeat music, and a spirited live auction with the “Gift from the Heart” bringing in many enthusiastic bidders. The theme, “Believe the incredible and you can do the impossible,” was inspired by a quote from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen.

Peggy Rodriguez, District Director, welcomed everyone to the evening and explained the different outreach work Catholic Charities is doing and continues to do for the community daily. This work includes helping families in need cope with food or housing insecurity, as well as continuing to assist those who are recovering from Hurricane Ian which caused severe damage in 2022.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane said the 40th Emerald Ball marks a significant milestone in the collective journey of compassion and generosity for those in need in Collier County, recognizing Ball Committee Chair Barbara L. Siniscalchi and other dedicated volunteers and staff who tirelessly worked to make the evening a huge success.

Programs supported by the Ball include the Judy Sullivan Family Resources Center and Family Counseling Center in Naples, and Guadalupe Social Services in Immokalee, each offering a variety of targeted outreaches to help those in need.

If you would like to support the programs of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc., please visit www.catholiccharitiesdov.org.