Support our mission at the Bishop’s Gala

GALA2015TexasCatholicAdwebBishop’s Gala featuring Grammy-winning band Chicago to raise funds for Catholic Charities of Dallas initiatives that welcome the stranger, prevent homelessness, alleviate hunger and strengthen the family like Santa Clara Regional Community Center

IMG_9445Last summer, Gavin Lewis didn’t want to get into the swimming pool at Santa Clara Regional Community Center. As the weeks of summer camp passed, he became more comfortable with his environment.

Gavin did finally swim and play in the pool. His mother rejoiced in triumph.

“The teachers celebrated with him in his glory of going into the pool by himself, swimming by himself. It gives me joy. It gives me joy that we can all celebrate,” said his mother, Izzy Lewis. Gavin can be described as a gifted child with delays in speech and social skills.

IMG_0198-1 “We were successfully building relationships around my child’s experiences, and his advantages and/or disadvantages. We can all walk away with a great experience,” said Lewis.

“Santa Clara Regional Community Center is in a location and a position to affect thousands of children like Gavin and their parents. I see us as gardeners called to cultivate dynamic seeds, and like all good gardeners we need the proper tools,” said Arne Nelson, president and CEO. “The generous donations we hope to receive will help to provide the SCRCC with the training and tools to bear amazing fruit.”

In 2015, the spotlight will be on Catholic Charities of Dallas’ newest program, the Santa Clara Community Center (SCRCC), a facility providing early childhood education, afterschool programs, continuing education and ESL for adults, as well as recreation for children and seniors as a community solution to the poverty situation in West Oak Cliff/Dallas.

SCRCC is a hidden gem nestled in West Dallas dedicated to providing top-quality afterschool and summer education, sports, and recreation for children. The 25,000 sq.-foot center provides safe and recently renovated classrooms, a gymnasium, children’s library, pool, and outdoor facilities run by a staff team dedicated to helping the youth.

In West Dallas alone there are more than 7,500 disadvantaged school-age children and very few programs for children living south of I-30.  Over the past year, the center has been completely renovated and updated, and will offer an array of wrap-around programs to serve the entire community.

As a part of its mission, Catholic Charities of Dallas focuses on four core areas: strengthening families, alleviating hunger, preventing homelessness and welcoming the stranger.

For fans of Grammy-winning rock band Chicago who also have a desire to help people in need, Catholic Charities of Dallas’ 2015 Bishop’s Gala on Saturday, Jan. 31 will be the go-to event of the New Year.

The 17th annual event, which will be kicked off at 6 p.m. by the acclaimed rock musicians of Chicago best recognized for more than 21 Top 10 singles including “You’re the Inspiration” and “If You Leave Me Now,” aims to bring awareness to a pressing need in Greater Dallas each year.

The cost of the event taking place at the Hilton Anatole is $325 per ticket, with proceeds going to support the Santa Clara Community Center and programs of Catholic Charities of Dallas.

Additionally, guests can purchase raffle tickets ($50 each or three for $100) for a chance to win a trip for two to London, Brazil or Tokyo. Guests can also participate in live and big board auctions to raise funds that directly benefit thousands of men, women and children served each year by the programs.  To find out more information about purchasing gala tickets or enter the raffle, visit our gala website.

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