The Catholic Foundation hosts fundraising dinner with Bishop Berg

By Steven Chargin
Executive Director
The Catholic Foundation recently hosted its second “An Evening with Bishop Stephen J. Berg” fundraising dinner within a year. The event took place on July 7 at the Waterfront Banquet Hall, and it marked the first dinner of its kind in Pueblo since 2010. About 60 guests joined Bishop Berg for dinner and fellowship, including current and former board members, clergy and Knights of Columbus.

The focus of the evening was a talk given by Bishop Berg. He shared his love for the people in the diocese, and he briefly spoke about the development of a strategic plan for the diocese, visiting parishes, presiding at confirmations, Spring Study Days and the value of Catholic education. Among the more memorable moments was a humorous story he told about a little boy who asked him whether he was “the poke” during one of his parish visits. The Bishop, of course, knew the little boy meant to say “the pope,” but in that moment Bishop Berg pondered to himself whether he was in fact “the poke” or maybe a “slow poke” or “cowpoke!”

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of a $5000 grant to St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City. Mr. Jim Woodard, chief nursing officer, accepted the grant on behalf of the Hospital. The grant will benefit the new Sobering Center in downtown Cañon City. This pilot program will provide a more humane way to help people who are struggling with alcoholism by linking them with a case worker who will reach out on a one-on-one basis. The evening closed with a faith-inspired donation appeal from Diana Maal, development coordinator for the Catholic Foundation. The generosity of so many allowed the Catholic Foundation to raise nearly $17,000 for the evening.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who donated at this event. We would like to offer our special thanks to the following sponsors:
Purple Level- Michael Salardino/Security Service Investment Group, Ron and Cathy Diodosio, Louie and Dorsey Carleo, Martin Nussbaum/Lewis, Roca, Rothberger, Christie, and St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Blue Level- Catholic Mutual Group, Knights of Columbus Pueblo West Council 12020, Knights of Columbus Council 12720 and Saint Paul the Apostle Assembly 2977.

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