Going virtual: Catholic Charities’ online benefit a success


With in-person gatherings now a public health risk, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton shifted all our fundraising efforts this year online, consolidating four annual fundraisers into a single virtual event to ensure the safety of our supporters and staff.

Our inaugural Guardian Angel Benefit of Hope went off without a hitch on Sept. 30th. The 90-minute, live-streamed event raised $310,000 – exceeding its $260,000 goal – that will support more than 60 programs we offer in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

A celebrity host for a great cause

New Jersey’s own comedian and actor Joe Piscopo (pictured, below) graciously volunteered to host, with more than 1,000 people tuning in. If you missed it, click here to watch.

“It was a spectacular event that expanded our reach and shined attention on our honorees in a mighty way,” said Marlene Laó-Collins, executive director (pictured, left, at Riverview Studios in Bordentown, where the event was live-streamed). “I extend my congratulations to them and my sincere gratitude to all who donated and watched. You made it a successful event.”

Our honorees were Robert (Client Achievement), pictured right; Thomas J. and Dr. Judithann C. Keefe (Humanitarian Award); Stark & Stark (Corporate Citizen of the Year); Deacon James L. Casa (Burlington Light of Hope); Mary Jo Herbert (Mercer Light of Hope); Dr. Jack V. Kirnan (Monmouth Light of Hope); and the Oceanaire Women’s Golf Association (Ocean Light of Hope).

Thank you!

We extend our deepest gratitude to all our donors and event sponsors, who included:

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For more information on supporting Catholic Charities, contact Development and Marketing Director Nancy Tompkins at (609) 394-5181, ext. 1161 or [email protected] or Dana DiFilippo, Catholic Charities communications, at [email protected] or (215) 756-6277 (cell).

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