2022 Spirit of the Season

Celebrating the Spirit of Community at Quincy Hall

A cold December night in Northeast Minneapolis felt much warmer with a cup of hot chocolate in one hand, an appetizer in the other, and live music floating through the air—however, getting to spend time in-person with friends both new and old was the best treat of the night! After three years of virtual gatherings, last night marked our first-ever Spirit of the Season, an event that brought together our community of supporters to celebrate the work and mission of Catholic Charities.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

As partygoers entered Quincy Hall, they were met by music from the B2WINS, a high-energy pair of twin brothers who put on a show that had everyone tapping their toes. Folks milled about while sampling a creative selection of hors d’oeuvres—the mashed potato martinis proved especially popular!
Board Chair Kathy DiGiorno and Vice President of Development Paul Deakins welcomed and thanked our guests, and Archbishop Hebda gave a blessing. Later, comedian Bob Stromberg took the stage where he proved his ability to charm an audience and lead us through his remarkable hand shadow performance.

Sharing Our Stories

Nearly 300 guests had the opportunity to speak with Catholic Charities’ program staff at the Spirit Stations about how they serve our neighbors in need across our program locations. Conversations covered current challenges as well as goals for the future—aware of the cold winter months ahead, front line staff shared the sense of urgency their work holds especially at this time of year.

We heard a moving story of perseverance and doing the right thing from CEO Michael Goar, culminating in a fund-a-need hosted by auctioneer Andy Imholte, which ultimately exceeded our goal to raise over $600,000! We finished the night with an invitation to this year’s Giving Tree from incoming Board Chair Desirae Butler, a fun performance by the Mistletones…and of course, dessert!

Thank you to those who joined us last night, and we invite everyone else to show their spirit of community through donating, volunteering, or using your voice—our work is only possible with the support of people like you!

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