By Shawn Gilley
Provided by Caruso Communications
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will host its 10th annual Gala of the Arts Friday, September 9, 2011 in Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom, Chicago. The fundraiser will support the on-going Emergency Assistance programs providing food, shelter, clothing, and supportive services for people in crisis in Cook and Lake Counties.
The Fundraiser will feature an encore performance by "Under the Streetlamp" and an intimate evening with the recent stars of Chicago's "Jersey Boys".
The Gala will hold an Art Invitational featuring 15 local and regional visual artists in an art show and sale. A portion of the artists' proceeds will support Catholic Charities' Emergency Assistance programs. Artists will offer a wide range of subjects and media and many are available for commission.
Guest will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and an elegant dinner in the spacious and historic Grand Ballroom, as well as the opportunity to win a wide variety of raffle packages.
"We are grateful to the benefactors and artists who join us at this event to help Catholic Charities' Emergency Assistance programs fill an essential need in our community, serving people who experience an immediate and unexpected crisis," said Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. "People come to us when they have nowhere to turn, and we're ready to provide comprehensive services."
Last year, Catholic Charities, the largest Midwest social service agencies, provided nearly 200,000 households with emergency assistance through eight service centers located throughout Cook and Lake Counties.
Gloria and Jeff Schwartz of Oak Park will serve as the Gala chair couple for the second year.
"Jeff and I are honored to the be the chair couple for this year's fundraiser and hope to increase awareness and support for the ongoing emergency services that greatly impact so many lives at a time of unexpected need. Catholic Charities provides supportive services while treating clients with dignity and respect," said Gloria Schwartz.
Fifth Third Bank returns for the sixth year as the event's presenting sponsor.
The Gala will also feature an encore exhibit of photographs by guests of the Catholic Charities' Tuesday Night Suppers, who participate in the "Vision of My Life" photography program. For the past 10 years, the program has provided participants with basic photography instruction and disposable cameras to capture images of the city through their own eyes.
Cocktails and art sale begin at 6 p.m. Dinner and entertainment follow at 8 p.m. Tickets are $250 each. Black Tie optional. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Ashley Owen at 312-655-7912 or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.galaofthearts.com.