March 22, 2013

Tables are available for annual Spirit of Service Awards Dinner

Criterion staff report

The Spirit of Service Awards Dinner on April 18 will benefit and celebrate the efforts of Catholic Charities Indianapolis to help people in need.

The dinner at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis is also an opportunity for business, community and social service leaders to help celebrate this year’s four honorees who have dedicated their lives in a spirit of service to others—Gary Ahlrichs, Paul Corsaro, Adonis Hardin and Amanda Rulong, the recipient of the first-ever Youth Spirit of Service Award. (Related: Spirit of Service Awards will honor first-ever youth winner)

“The Spirit of Service Awards Dinner is about blessings,” says David Bethuram, agency director of Catholic Charities Indianapolis. “They are the blessings our services bring to the poor and the vulnerable, the blessings our clients bring to those who are privileged to touch their lives, and the blessings our donors bring by making the work of Catholic Charities possible.”

The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

Tables for eight can be purchased at these levels—$10,000 for a benefactor, $5,000 for a patron, $1,750 for a partner, and $800 for a parish table sponsor.

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.

“The people we serve are our neighbors who might otherwise be unknown, forgotten or marginalized people who have shown courage emerging from despair and humiliation into the hope and light of Catholic Charities,” Bethuram says. “We are grateful for the generosity of so many who help us serve.”

Catholic Charities Indianapolis served 44,331 people during the past year.

(For more information about the awards dinner, individual tickets or to make reservations, call Valerie Sperka at 317-592-4072 or send an e-mail to her at

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