We hope you’ll join us at the 2016 Catholic Charities Ball to celebrate the transformative services of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. Invite your friends, family, fellow parishioners and coworkers too. Information on buying tickets and tables can be found here.
This year the 34th annual event will be held Friday, February 5, at The Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner. It is hosted by our Bishop, Paul S. Loverde.
It is our most important fundraiser and something you won’t want to miss! The Ball brings together a network of Catholic leaders for a premier social event and supports those around us who are most in need.
Pope Francis encourages us to “give a voice to the cry of the poor.” Bishop Loverde says that Catholic Charities “is the heart of our diocese.” What better way to live our faith, and help those in need, than to support Catholic Charities through our time, talent, and treasure. That’s why the Ball is so important, and why I feel privileged to serve as Chair of Special Gifts for the Ball.
- Alan Holmer, Board Member and Chair of Special Gifts for the 2015 and 2016 Balls
34 years strong
The first Catholic Charities Ball was June 11, 1982, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington. About 400 people attended and the event raised $45,000.
Retired Marine Brig. Gen. Margaret Brewer was the acting director for volunteers for Catholic Charities and served as the liaison from Catholic Charities to the 1982 ball. The late James J. Matthews, a Catholic businessman and philanthropist, was the chairman of the special gifts committee that sought donors and Mora Salano and Jane Goetzman were co-chairs of the first ball.
Since that first year, thousands of volunteers and supporters of Catholic Charities have joined together — now on the last Friday evening before the feast of Ash Wednesday — to continue the Ball’s legacy and support those in need in our diocese. It is always an evening of both sacrificial giving and great fun.
After working on the Ball Committee and attending the Ball for more than 15 years, I can honestly say I’ve met some of my best friends through the Ball. As a year-long project it is so fun to see it all come together and celebrate the night with friends and family. The Ball Committee is a well-oiled machine of volunteers that get the job done with style and grace. I am so proud of being able to raise much needed funds for the great programs at Catholic Charities.
- Barbara Caudle, St. Mary parishioner and Ball Committee member for 15 years
Transforming our programs
Over the years, the Ball has raised millions of dollars for those served by Catholic Charities. Many of our programs are in existence because of the Ball.
During the first Catholic Charities Ball in 1982, a major portion of the proceeds was used to purchase the building that housed the St. Martin de Porres Senior Center. More recently, St. Margaret of Cortona, our transitional residence for families, was opened in 2009 due to major support from the Ball community.
Ball leaders helped to initiate an early concept of our food program, helping to move food from our main food depots to food pantries across the diocese. Support from the Catholic Charities Ball also helped launch our St. Lucy Project in 2014 – re-energizing the food program and opening a brand new distribution hub in Manassas.
When I first joined the Ball Committee, I was calling on parishes and asking them to support the Ball. One pastor shared that some of his parishioners didn’t have enough food to feed their kids. I was blown away and knew we had to do something. I contacted other Ball Committee members, and together we started a food drive for this particular parish. That first year we had 4 trucks/vans full of food. When we arrived at the food pantry there, there was not so much as a can of soup on the shelf. Speechless – all of us. This started a tradition that St. Andrew, St. Veronica and St. Bernadette, and St. Clare parishes all continued. The rest is history, as that turned into CHOW and now The St. Lucy Project under the caring hand of Catholic Charities.
- Joayn Bahr, St. Andrew parishioner and Ball Committee member for nine years
We want YOU to be a member of our unforgettable 2016 Ball. Registration is now open — please share the link with friends, family, fellow parishioners and coworkers too! It is a night of sacrificial giving and great fun. It’s something you won’t want to miss.