100th Anniversary Century of Hope Civic Dinner
Friday, May 26, 2017 by Communications

Celebrating a Century of Hope

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Celebrates 100 Years with Benefit Dinner on June 12th Hosted by Cardinal Cupich and Monsignor Boland

Catholic Charities USA President and CEO to Attend Dinner

Chicago, IL – On Monday, June 12th Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate a century of helping others in our community at the
100th Anniversary Century of Hope Civic Dinner. Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago and Monsignor Michael Boland, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, will host the dinner at the Chicago Hilton starting at 6 p.m. Special guest and Catholic Charities USA President & CEO Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D. joins Mr. & Mrs. Richard Burke , Sr. & Mr. Mrs. Al Moschner, who will co-chair this dinner of the century.

Since 1917, Catholic Charities has supported all who turn to the nonprofit for assistance through services touching a broad array of human needs, bringing help and healing to those who need it most. Today, every 30 seconds someone turns to Catholic Charities for help. Nearly 1 million people count on the support and services Catholic Charities provides at their 150 locations in the most vulnerable and underserved communities in Cook and Lake counties. Proceeds from the dinner benefit homelessness, emergency food and support services, children and family services, maternity and adoption, veterans, seniors and domestic shelter programs.

“1 million people count on the support of Catholic Charities each year,” said Monsignor Boland. “We give those that come to us much more than a bag of food, a hot meal, or a bed for the night—although those things are vitally important. We give them hope. We show them that they are cared for and that their lives matter. We restore their dignity and help them find a new path.”


 From April 2017 – April 2018 Catholic Charities will celebrate the 100th anniversary milestone with a variety of special events. On June 12, Cardinal Cupich and Monsignor Boland will host a Civic Dinner at the Hilton Chicago, with Other events will be held throughout the year, including a fall symposium, “Building Peaceful Communities,” and a spring volunteer week. For details on 100th Anniversary celebrations, visit www.ccofchicago100.net.


Catholic Charities was founded just days after the country entered World War I, at a time when women were left caring for their families alone and children were left orphaned following the flu epidemic. Cardinal Mundelein called together a group of prominent businessmen to be the fundraising arm of the Church. This initiative quickly evolved to provide direct social services to those most in need.


The agency that began at the once gritty intersection of Des Plaines and Randolph has grown to have more than 150 locations across the Archdiocese, in the most vulnerable and under-served communities.


Catholic Charities services span a wide range, including housing, food, emergency assistance, counseling, veterans’ needs, senior services and support, child development, immigration and refugee support, youth mentoring, and more.


The agency was a pioneer in social services, leading the way in providing a holistic approach to both individuals and families in need. It led the way in many innovative social service programs and partnerships. It was the first to partner with Cook County to treat a DUI offense as a medical condition; with the VA and HUD to open the first permanent supportive housing for veterans, the St. Leo Campus; and with the federal government to develop the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) food centers in food desert communities, the first of its kind in the nation.


100th Anniversary “Century of Hope” Civic Dinner


Monday, June 12, 2017

Hilton Chicago

Business Attire

6:00p.m. Reception

7:00p.m. Dinner

9:00p.m. After Dinner Reception


Reservations begin at $600. Please contact Denise Samulis, Director of Special Events and Corporate Partnerships, at 312-948-6864 or Dsamulis@catholiccharities.net for more information. For more information, please visit www.catholiccharities.net


10 Things You Should Know About Catholic Charities

1.  We serve every one in need regardless of their race, ethnic background, or religious affiliation.

2.  We helped nearly 1million people last year throughout 150 programs at 153 sites in Cook and Lake counties.

3.   Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help.

4.   More than 936,000 hours of home care services allowed seniors to remain in their own homes and communities.

5.   We provide early care and education to 1,310 children ages six weeks to 12 years at our Child Development Centers.

6.   More than150,000 hungry men, women, and children relied on our network of food pantries.

             7.   Every month, we provide food, clothing, and shelter to more than 10,000 people with critical needs.

             8.   We assisted 20,714 veterans with housing, mental health counseling, job placement, and more.

             9.   It costs $700,000 to run our programs each day.

            10.   92 cents of each dollar we raise goes directly to help people in need.

 About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Helping anyone in need for 100 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest and the largest Catholic Charities in the country. Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help.  Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities. Each year we assist more than 1 million people in Cook and Lake Counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background as they journey on their paths to self-sufficiency. 



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