Comedian/actor Joe Piscopo to host virtual benefit for Catholic Charities


Comedian and actor Joe Piscopo will host Catholic Charities’ inaugural Guardian Angel Benefit of Hope this fall, a virtual event that will replace four of the agency’s annual fundraisers.

After the coronavirus pandemic shut down communities and turned public gatherings into a health risk, Catholic Charities decided to reimagine how it raises the money it relies on to serve more than 100,000 people every year in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. That meant consolidating four annual fundraisers into a single, virtual event, in order to ensure the safety of Catholic Charities’ supporters and staff.

Tune in!

The Guardian Angel Benefit of Hope will be held online on Sept. 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. To tune in, click here. 

The virtual celebration/benefit combines Catholic Charities’ signature annual fundraiser, the Guardian Angel Dinner Dance, as well as the Monmouth Ray of Hope (supporting Monmouth County programs), the Taste of Burlington, and the Gift Auction (both supporting Catholic Charities’ Providence House Domestic Violence Services in Burlington and Ocean counties). Altogether, the four events typically raise over half a million dollars and draw nearly 2,000 attendees. 

A can’t-miss celebration

Piscopo, a native New Jerseyan, Saturday Night Live alum and musician, will host the Guardian Angel Benefit of Hope. Piscopo is well-known for supporting the community through charitable works and appearances. 

The benefit also will include other special guests, musical performances, a silent auction, a 50/50, awards for outstanding volunteers and supporters, and much more. Planning now is under way for this exciting event. Stay tuned for more details.

Celebrating our supporters

Our honorees are:

  • Thomas J. Keefe and Judithann C. Keefe of Spring Lake  – the Richard J. Hughes, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton Humanitarian Award.
  • Robert Brooks of Trenton – Client Achievement Award. 
  • Stark & Stark of Lawrenceville – Corporate Citizen of the Year. 
  • Deacon James L. Casa of Mount Holly – Light of Hope, Burlington County. 
  • Mary Jo Herbert of Titusville – Light of Hope, Mercer County. 
  • Dr. Jack V. Kirnan of Spring Lake – Light of Hope, Monmouth County. 
  • Oceanaire Women’s Golf Association of Waretown – Light of Hope, Ocean County. 

“Our supporters have always been our guardian angels – they really are the reason we are able to do the work we do,” said Nancy Tompkins, director of Catholic Charities’ Development and Marketing team. “We are thrilled to have Joe Piscopo on board. And we are counting on supporters now more than ever to ensure this new event is a success. People can watch from the comfort of their own homes, and we have some great surprises in store that will make this a can’t-miss celebration!”

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For more information, contact Events Coordinator Barbara Yuson at [email protected] or Dana DiFilippo, Catholic Charities communications, at [email protected] or (215) 756-6277 (cell).

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