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April 22, 2004


The 2004 Catholic Charities Appeal Kickoff Celebration will be held on

Monday, April 26, 2004
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fisher Brooks Gallery
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad Street

This year, the goal for the Appeal is approximately $10 million. The Kickoff Celebration is held to show appreciation to all the parishioners who give generously of their time, talent and treasure to work on behalf of the Catholic Charities Appeal. It is an enthusiastic and entertaining way to kickoff the Appeal that benefits so many needy people. Entertainment will be provided by the JDR Jazz Ensemble. In attendance will be Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Bishop Robert Maginnis, General Chair of the Appeal. The 2nd Annual Parish Participation Award will be presented and the announcement of funds raised to date. Approximately 500 guests from all five counties of the Archdiocese.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the oldest art institute in the United States. The Fisher Brooks Gallery is in the new Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, which will not be open to the public until 2005.

The Catholic Charities Appeal raises the dollars necessary to fund the human services programs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. These programs serve persons within the five counties that comprise the Archdiocese (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). Agencies, institutions and programs funded by the Catholic Charities Appeal serve people of all faiths, regardless of race, sex, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin, or ability to pay. More than 70 agencies, schools, programs and residences provided loving care and support to over 250,000 men, women and children throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

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Catholic Charities Appeal Information

The services that the Archdiocese provides reflect a belief in the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the individual, and the central role of the family in life and society. Funds raised though the annual solicitation are used to underwrite the financial costs for designated agencies, institutions and programs.

The Catholic Charities Appeal provides individuals an opportunity to practice stewardship by sharing gifts of time, talent and treasure.

Services Provided

More than 70 agencies, schools, programs, and residences provide loving care and support to over 250,000 men, women and children throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Catholic Social Services, a major recipient of these funds, is the largest private provider of human services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and serves an overall client base approximately 50% non-Catholic.

The following statistics illustrate the vast and profound impact that the Catholic Charities Appeal has in transforming the lives of people in our community:

Nutritional Development Services provides over 6.4 million meals to individuals in need through the Community Food Program.

More than 5,000 homeless men receive 60,000 meals from St. John's Hospice.

Senior Adult Services help more than 42,000 senior citizens stay healthy and young at heart through nutritional, social, and volunteer opportunities.

AIDS Ministry provides prayerful support and service to those infected and impacted by HIV/AIDS. Informative programs in both an educational and parish setting reached over 1,200 each year.

Five schools of special education will educate 338students during the school year.

Twelve Family Service Centers serve more than 52,850 clients.

30,000 youth participated in CYO and Parish Youth Ministry programs. 2,500 attended events sponsored by Young Adult Ministry.

Marie Kelly
Associate Director

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