Catholic Charities' Emerald Ball Signature Fundraiser Nets $250,000

Fort Myers, FL, March 29, 2012 --( Catholic Charities’ Emerald Ball, held on March 17 at The Ritz Carlton - Tiburon raised $250,000 (net, after expenses). This signature annual event is the charity’s largest fundraiser to support the mission of Catholic Charities benefiting individuals and families in need of social and human services in Collier County.

Live auction offerings included Bishop Dewane as guest of honor at a special occasion or dinner, a week in a five bedroom villa in Provence, France, Six Nights for 2 Couples at the Vineyard Hideaway on The Estate of Benovia Winery, a trip for two to Ireland, and a three year lease on a 2012 Smart Passion Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Naples. Bidding for a week aboard the luxury liner, The World, was lively and an additional trip was donated that evening so that two buyers were able to purchase it for $20,000 each.

“We are thankful for the generous support of our sponsors, donors and attendees,” said Ruth Smith, 2012 Emerald Ball Committee Co-chair. “We are also indebted to our dedicated committee and volunteers who help make this event a success. Catholic Charities supports families facing hardships in Collier County. The proceeds from The Emerald Ball ensure they get the help they need to weather temporary challenges or improve their lives.”

The George & Theresa Corbett Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mack and Leslie Magin were the lead sponsors for the event. Other supporters of the event included Ambassador Francis & Mrs. Kathleen Rooney, Mr. & Mrs. William Byrnes, St. Ann Parish, Wells Fargo Bank N.A, Northern Trust and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In-Kind Sponsors were Mercedes-Benz of Naples, The Naples Daily News and Naples Illustrated.

About Catholic Charities
The mission of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc., is to fight poverty, strengthen families and build communities. Agency services and programs shall ensure human dignity and enhance the quality of life for all persons regardless of race, creed, color or religious affiliation. The populations served are at or below the poverty level as determined by current Federal Standards which includes individuals, couples, children, families, single parents, non-custodial families, refugees, migrant farm workers, and many others in need of specific assistance.

Part of the Diocese of Venice, Inc., Catholic Charities of Collier County is a not-for-profit corporation duly incorporated in the State of Florida. The Diocese serves 10 counties in Southwest Florida, including Collier, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades, Charlotte, Lee, and Hendry counties. For more information, call (239) 455-2655, or visit
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