2023 Gala – An Afternoon of Charity

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The Gala is the annual signature fundraising event of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Allentown.  Your participation, whether it is as a Gala Guest, Donor, Sponsor or Advertiser, allows us to continue providing vital services to our five-county service region.  Together, we can feed the hungry, find shelter for the homeless, counsel those suffering with mental healty issues and show respect for all, regardless of faith, race, age, or ability to pay.

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Save the Date!!

Save the Date… Catholic Charities will hold its 15th Annual Gala Sunday, March 12, from 2 – 5 p.m. at DeSales University.

The Gala will begin at 2:00 p.m. in DeSales University Center, in Center Valley. Bishop Alfred Schlert will be in attendance, as well as Msgr. David James, Vicar General for the Diocese of Allentown.  The event will feature a live auction with Diocesan “celebrity auctioneers”, a silent auction, wine pull, raffle, and presentations to the honorees.

The afternoon start time represents a format change for this year, as compared to previous galas.  The event will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  The 3 p.m. program will be followed by food stations for guests to enjoy.

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Reverend John M. Gibbons, III is the son of John and Jeanne (Harris) Gibbons, Jr. of Center Valley.  He attended Lanark School, Center Valley, and Center Valley Elementary School; St. Joseph’s School, Limeport; Southern Lehigh Middle School, Center Valley, and graduated from Southern Lehigh High School.  He also attended Brisson Seminary at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now DeSales University,) received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Delaware and a Master of Divinity from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Gibbons is the Diocesan represntative of the social concerns department of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.  Prior to his current assignment, he also served at St. Ignatius Loyola, Sinking Spring; St. Bernard and St. Michael, Easton; St. Peter, Reading; Our Lady of Help of Christians, Allentown; St. Anne, Bethlehem; St. Margaret, Reading.  He also has served as community organizer for the Social Action Bureau and on the Diocesan Council of Priests.

Paul Huck was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy for seven years.  He worked for Air Products for 34 years, the last nine as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.  Paul coached local youth wrestling and baseball for many  years.  He was a board member of Sacred Heart Hospital for 21 years and served as Chairman for the last nine.  He is currently a member of St. Luke’s University Health Network Board.  He serves as Chairman of the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation, which raises tax credit scholarship funds for schools, parishes, and ministries of the Diocese of Allentown.

Patty Huck graduated from Ohio University.  As a local Navy wife and devoted mother, she was the foundation of the Huck family as Paul traveled the world for Air Products.  Patty taught in the PREP program at St. Joseph the Worker parish for many years, as well as serving as a school volunteer, tutor, and pre-school teacher at the Sunshine Center and St. Joseph the Worker School.  She has served on the executive committee of the Diocese of Allentown’s Women’s Society of Giving since its inception in 2019 and is member of the Bereavement Committee at St. Joseph the Worker parish.

The Hucks, along with some of Paul’s classmates from the Naval Academy and their wives, run a charity that benefits severly wounded veterans by honoring them at the annual Army/Navy football game and providing them and their families assistance for their special needs.  They also have served as members of the Catholic Charities Gala committee, including chairing the event several times.

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Tickets for the 2023 Gala – An Afternoon of Charity are $175 per person.

You may register online at the above tab – Registration – Tickets, Sponsorship & More.

If you would like to have an invitation mailed, please contact Julie Scheck at 610-871-5200, ext. 2216 or email .



Sponsorship & Advertising Flyers

Please consider supporting our Annual Gala with a Sponsorship or Ad in the Gala program.

Sponsorship Form 2023 Sponsorship Flyer

Advertising Form CORRECTED Gala Advertising flyer 2023

You may sponsor or advertise online with the above tab – Registration – Tickets, Sponsorship & More.

Any questions regarding Sponsorships or Advertising, please contact Julie Scheck at 610-871-5200, ext. 2216 or







Mr. and Mrs. Paul Huck 

Anthony & Evelyn Carfagno

Ray & Teri Bishop

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Olenchock 


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50-50 Sweepstakes

Take a chance at our 50-50 sweepstakes!  Ticket price is $100 each.

One winner receives 50 percent of all proceeds! 

Drawing:  Sunday, March 12, 2023 at the Gala
You do not have to be present to win.

Prize money will be delivered to winner not more than 7 days after drawing date.
To purchase a ticket, please contact Julie Scheck at 610-871-5200, ext. 2216 or email

Best of Luck!!!


Gala 2023 Livestream

We will be livestreaming the formal program from DeSales University on Sunday, March 12th at approximately 3:00PM.  You can watch the livestream video below!



Guide to Gala Fun!

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 2:00 p.m.  Small plate stations will be featured in place of a sit-down dinner and will be open before and after the program.

The program begins at 3:10 p.m. and features:

  • Honoree Presentation by Bishop Alfred A. Schlert to Revenerend John M. Gibbons and Paul & Patty Huck
  • LIVE (and lively!) auction featuring Diocesan “celebrity” auctioneers
  • Special Appeal
  • Announcement of this year’s Jeffrey P. Young Youth Service Award winners

Before and after the program,we encourage you to enjoy: 

  • Wine Pull
  • Silent Auction
  • 50/50 Raffle

Desserts – 3:45 p.m.
Sample a luscious array of sweet confections as you complete your silent auction bids!

Avoid the line with Express Check -in/Check-out!
Pre-register your credit card information when you make your reservations and you can bypass the check-in line!

Look for Gala Guides & Bidding Buddies!
Our friendly Gala Guides can answer your questions and point you in the right direction for all the fun and festivities!
This year’s silent auction bidding will include a text to bid format.  Gala Bidding Buddies can help if you do have not an iPhone, or if you have questions.


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Catholic Charities' mission is to provide compassionate human services with respect for the sanctity of all human life.

Your gift will feed the hungry, find shelter for the homeless, counsel those suffering with mental health issues and show respect for all, regardless of faith, race, age, or ability to pay.