Catholic Charities aims for $200K in donations

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The Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Charlotte hoped to raise $200,000 during a fundraiser Thursday night, besting the $197,000 the agency raised during the event last year.

About 650 people attended the fundraiser at Benton Convention Center. They were encouraged to fill out pledge cards or to make a donation.

The money will be used for diocese charities that help poor and homeless people in the Triad. Catholic Charities offers adoption and pregnancy support services, counseling services, food pantries in Winston-Salem and Greensboro and immigration services.

“(You) understand the challenge,” said the Rev. Brian Cook, pastor at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. “We thank you in advance for your generosity for this good work.”

The event’s sponsors included St. Leo and St. Pius the X Catholic Church in Greensboro and nearly 40 individuals who donated money to stage the benefit, organizers said.

Before Cook asked the attendees to give, they saw video of clients talking how about Catholic Charities had helped them.

Clecy, whose last name wasn’t given, said volunteers at a food pantry had provided him with enough food for five days.

“I love these people,” Clecy said in the video. “These people are the best people on the face of the earth. They have always been good to me.”

During the event, the Rev. William G. Curlin, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Charlotte, received the Partners in Hope Award.

“He is the most important friend I’ve had in my life,” Cook said of Curlin. “At his very core, he’s a parish priest with the heart of a shepherd.”

Curlin told the attendees to get “your hands dirty” helping the poor and homeless, just as Jesus did.

“You have the heart of Christ to put Christ in others,” he said.

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