2023 Gala – An Afternoon of Charity

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Special Thanks

We could not do what we do without YOU!

We warmly thank Gala sponsors, advertisers, attendees, donors, volunteers, and vendors for helping us raise $249,000! 

Congratulations to the Gala 2023 Honorees:
Rev. John M. Gibbons and Paul & Patty Huck

Jeffrey P. Young Youth Service Award winners,
Kimberly Lemke and Caitlin M. Smith

Thank you to Gala Chairpersons,
Damon and Andrea Neagle

Special Thanks To:
Bishop Alfred A. Schlert
Gala Committee
AD Times
AD Today
Bishop Photo
DeSales University Staff
Catholic Charities Staff Volunteers
Diocesan Office of Stewardship & Development Staff Volunteers
Sandra Young
Volunteer Students from Allentown Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic and Notre Dame High Schools

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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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Paul & Patty Huck 

Bennett Toyota
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Anthony & Evelyn Carfagno
The Topper Foundation

Design IP

Air Products
Ray & Teri Bishop
Holy Family Senior Living
DeSales University
John P. & Denise Jones
Northeast Financial Group
Steve & Sabina Olenchock
Penn State Health St. Joseph
Youngs Advisory Group

ATAS International
Klunk & Millan Advertising
Paul Wirth & Linda Lapos

Allentown Mortgage
Baker Tilly
BSI Corporate Benefits
Buckno Lisicky & Company
Financial Strategies & Design
Von & Jane George
Tom & Amy Scalici
Pete & Terese Waldron
Zator Law



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!



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