Tonya Sorensen of CCS's Father Taaffe Homes program proudly displays homemade gifts for table hosts (Karlene Curtin/Catholic Community Services)

Catholic Community Services (CCS) held a special event on July 28 at Creekside Golf Club. The event brought together key supporters to kick off its major luncheon fundraiser, “Building Resilience through Hope and Healing,” scheduled for Sept. 29.

The Circle’s Chair, Jim Monaghan, welcomed the over 70 guests, and Bishop Emeritus Kenneth Steiner gave a blessing.

CEO Josh Graves presented the keynote address, emphasizing CCS’s outcomes of healing, health, and hope.  He celebrated everyone at CCS who worked through the pandemic. They didn’t let restrictions stop them from serving their clients and helping those in critical need.

Board president Scott Wiegal publicly thanked the 25 current table hosts with a handmade loaf of lemon poppy seed bread baked by CCS Father Taaffe Homes staff. The event has attracted hundreds of attendees in recent years. The charity will need to recruit many more before the fall fundraiser. The job of the table host is to invite at least ten friends and colleagues to join them at a table and help introduce them to the work of CCS.

Interested sponsors can connect with CCS here. Supporters can RSVP for the Sept. 29 luncheon at the Salem Convention Center on the CCS website here.

CCS Staff pass out information packets and homemade bread loaves to table hosts (Karlene Curtin/Catholic Community Services)

Scott and Heidi Weigel, Scott is president of the CCS Board (Karlene Curtin/Catholic Community Services)

CCS Chief Communications Officer Mona Hayes chats with guests during the annual fundraising luncheon kickoff reception at Creekside Golf Club (Karlene Curtin/Catholic Community Services)

Table hosts enjoy wine and appetizers at Creekside Golf Club during CCS's Annual Bishop's Circle Luncheon Kickoff Event (Karlene Curtin/Catholic Community Services)

About CCS: Founded in Salem in 1938, the agency offers 12 programs across 10 Oregon counties and serves more than 5,000 people each year. Catholic Community Services is a faith-based nonprofit supporting people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and children, youth, and families facing adversity. CCS never closes. It has several facilities offering 24-hour essential care to youth in crisis, pregnant and parenting young mothers, and adults who experience disabilities and fragile health. CCS envisions a world where children, families, and adults have the knowledge, ability, and desire to take control of their own lives and live responsibly with others in a just society.

Mary Louise VanNatta is a Salem public relations professional, writing regularly for Salem Reporter. 

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