April 3, 2009

Tables are available for Spirit of Service Awards dinner on April 22

By John Shaughnessy

Are you looking to support a charitable cause that will have a positive effect on the community? Then look no further than the annual Spirit of Service Awards Dinner this month.

“The Spirit of Service Awards Dinner is an opportunity for Catholic Charities Indianapolis to share the very important work that our staff is doing for those in need in our community,” said David Bethuram, agency director of Catholic Charities Indianapolis. “For 90 years, the Catholic Church in Indianapolis has entrusted this important human service ministry to us.”

The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

Tables for eight people can be purchased at three levels: $10,000 for a benefactor, $5,000 for a patron and $1,750 for a partner.

“We are continually inspired and humbled by the generosity of our friends and benefactors,” Bethuram said.

He has the same feeling for the people who will be honored at the dinner.

“All of our honorees are people who give their time, energy and talents to others, expecting nothing in return,” he noted. “Our agency depends on the expertise and kindness of more than 700 volunteers each year. Their commitment and compassion to help the poor is in direct response to our mission to love our neighbor.”

The funds raised by the awards dinner will help to support the efforts of Catholic Charities Indianapolis to provide family support, eldercare, crisis assistance and shelter, while serving as an advocate for peace and social justice.

Catholic Charities Indianapolis also provides programs for children, youth, adults and families, including counseling for individuals and couples.

In 2007-08, Catholic Charities Indianapolis served 27,913 people, the majority coming from low-income families with children.

(For more information about the awards dinner or to make reservations, call 317-236-1447 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1447. Or visit the Web site at www.CatholicCharitiesIndpls.org.)

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