Catholic Charities Raises $1.1M at Annual Spring Celebration
The annual Spring Celebration, held May 11 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, which attracted about 400 people, was on par with last year's in terms of attendance and funds raised.
Deborah Kincade Rambo, president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB), said, Catholic Charities is very fortunate to have so many supporters who recognize the profound impact that our services and programs have on our neighbors and families in need.
At the event, CCAB honored Joyce and Bill Cummings of Cummings Foundation with the 2016 Justice and Compassion Award for their extensive philanthropic contributions and social impact especially in the Greater Boston community, but also reaching as far as Rwanda, as well as their extensive support of the organization.
Rambo lauded the Cummings as "a couple truly embodying the values of charity and compassion and who through their generosity have transformed countless lives in Massachusetts and beyond.
Co-chairing the gala were William B. Parent, president and chief executive officer of Blue Hills Bank, and Catholic Charities Trustee Thomas OReilly.
Serving as master of ceremonies was featured Mike Sheehan, chief executive officer of The Boston Globe. Event sponsors included the Cummings Foundation, Karla and Jeff Kaneb, as well as Ginny and John Kaneb.
Emmanuel Sebit, a CCAB client originally from South Sudan, a featured speaker, spoke about the immigrant experience, from his personal challenges living in a refugee camp for 11 years to his success in obtaining a high school diploma and going on to attend college, as well as the support that he received from Catholic Charities.
For more than 110 years, CCAB has provided services and today offers nearly 100 programs and services throughout eastern Massachusetts that respond to the needs of poor and working poor. It also provides supportive services to children and families, and assists refugees and immigrants as they become active participants in their communities. Last year, Catholic Charities served more than 200,000 people in need, regardless of faith.