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December 11, 1998


Party Offers Holiday Joy to Children Served by Catholic Social Services

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host more than 380 disadvantaged children at the 43rd annual Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children.

Tuesday, December 15, 1998
2:00 p.m.
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
17th Street and Vine Street

The children attending the party represent a diverse group of races, ages, and creeds. All are served throughout the year by the following programs of Catholic Social Services:

Bambino Gesu
Bucks County Family Service Centers
Casa Del Carmen
Chester County Family Service Centers
Child Care Department
Delaware County Family Service Centers
Divine Providence Village
Don Guanella School
Good Shepherd Program
Holy Family Center
St. Joseph Catholic Home
St. Joseph's House for Boys
St. Mary's Villa
Mercy Hospice
McAuley House
Montgomery County Family Service Center
Northeast Family Service Center
St. Vincent's Home, Tacony

The party also raises funds to support services to more than 16,000 children of all faiths served by Catholic Social Services throughout the year. Catholic Social Services is the largest nonprofit private social service agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving more than 135,000 children, families, and adults of all faiths in the five county area. Last year, more than $150,000 in contributions to the Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children helped fund the many programs of Catholic Social Services.

As in past years, the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel will generously provide its services for this annual event. Daniel Polett, owner and president of Wilkie Chevrolet Buick Subaru, is the event chairperson for the sixth year.

Editor's Note: Cardinal Bevilacqua will lead a parade into the party at 2:30. At approximately 2:50, the play "The Music of Christmas" will be performed. Gifts will be distributed to the children at the conclusion of the play. Entertainment will be provided by students from Archbishop Carroll High School, Archbishop Ryan High School, Little Flower High School, Cardinal O'Hara High School, Roman Catholic High School, and Hallahan High School.
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Cathy Rossi

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