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
DeSales University Staff
Catholic Charities Staff Volunteers
Diocesan Office of Stewardship & Development Staff Volunteers
Volunteer Students from Allentown Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic and Notre Dame High Schools
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.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 GALA SPONSORS
Paul & Patty Huck
PARTNERS IN MISSION
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Anthony & Evelyn Carfagno
The Topper Foundation
PARTNERS IN HOPE
PARTNERS IN FAITH
Ray & Teri Bishop
Holy Family Senior Living
John P. & Denise Jones
Northeast Financial Group
Steve & Sabina Olenchock
Penn State Health St. Joseph
Youngs Advisory Group
PARTNERS IN LOVE
Klunk & Millan Advertising
Paul Wirth & Linda Lapos
PARTNERS IN CHARITY
BSI Corporate Benefits
Buckno Lisicky & Company
Financial Strategies & Design
Von & Jane George
Tom & Amy Scalici
Pete & Terese Waldron
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!
203 Expectant Parents in our Pregnancy and Parenting Program
42,391 42,391 meals served during the year at our Soup Kitchens
231 231 Veterans helped with housing, education, transportation & emergency support services
14,235 14,235 hours spent engaged in helping by our 297 Amazing Volunteers
13,031 Over 13,000 clients served during 2022; adults, seniors & children
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