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Catholic Charities of Lake County gala raises over $265,000

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Over 200 guests attended the 24th Annual Art of Caring -- Changing Lives with Hope benefit May 18 at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, supporting Catholic Charities services in Lake County. The Women's Board of Catholic Charities of Lake County hosted the event, headed by President Debby Lambert, of Lake Forest, along with Honorary Chair couple Mr. and Mrs. Quinn Stepan, of Lake Bluff, and Monsignor Michael Boland, president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Jan Elwart and Sue O'Callaghan were the event co-chairs. Funds raised exceeded $265,000.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, a dinner, a live and silent auction and a paddle raise. The grand raffle prize was the winner's choice of a trip to either Paris, Rome/Florence or Barbados. The winners were Jim and Sharon Lentino, of Libertyville.

Vera Purcell received the Irene Leahy McMahon Award, presented by Ellie Clarke, one of the founding members of the Women's Board and the award's recipient in 2003. This award is presented each year to a member who has unselfishly given her time and talent to the activities of the Women's Board and to Catholic Charities.

The Art of Caring Committee included Jeanne Burke, Julie Carter, Jean Eischeid, Claire Frye, Melissa Franklin, Millie Hall, Jane Hinton-Kedo, Cathy Lynch, Michele Medzigian, Barbara Marinelli, Mary Ellen Mason, Jean Morse, Christine Moulder, Mary Ann Pederson, Vera Purcell, Lori Rozdolsky and Alli Walsh, all of Lake Forest; Patty Charhut, Vicky Kearney and Sally Stoll, all of Lake Bluff; Julie Greene, of Libertyville; Kathy Brosmith, of Mundelein; and Fran Lizzo Salvi, of Lincolnwood.

During the last fiscal year, Catholic Charities Lake County Services assisted 46,774 people in need with food, clothing, shelter, employment programs, and counseling and case management services in numerous comprehensive programs.

All event proceeds directly support Catholic Charities Programs in Lake County, including children and family services (adoption and maternity counseling); community casework (emergency assistance, housing/budget counseling and HIV/case management); Samaritan House; family self sufficiency programs; SAFE Housing Services (Meals on Wheels and senior dining sites); and the Christmas Gift Giving Program.

For more information about Catholic Charities Lake County Office, call (847) 782-4000.