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May, 01 2010 - Catholic Community Foundation's 22nd Annual Crozier Gala

Where: Camelback Inn, Scottsdale

When: May 1, 2010

Time: 6:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $300 each

Beneficiary: The Catholic Community Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Herb Sendek, Head Coach, Men's Basketball - ASU

Gala Chairperson(s): Lori Brophy

Committee Members: Lori Brophy (chairwoman), Liz Boyd, Katie Braun, Vivian Buchholtz, Monnie Calfee, Michelle Cardini, Tami Christifulli, Debbie DeMore, Pamela Gralton, Sue Harris, Megan Heiland, Ricki Dee Jennings, Cheryl Lienau, Vicki Maio, Mary Ellen Mulac, Paula Osterday, Susan de Queljoe, Michelle Ray, Jennie Reynolds, Johanne Rossi, Kimberly Ruggiero, Maureen Silhasek, Anna Tigue, Cindy Todare, Lisa Weisenburger, Candace Wiest, Colleen Will, Elisabeth Wisthoff, Denise Zabilski, Diana Zellers

President(s): Donna Marino (president/CEO)

Staff: Donna Marino (president and CEO), Thomas Avery (CFO), Brigitte Dayton (director of marketing and communications), Thomas Thieken (director of planned giving), Pamela Hammond (program coordinator), Patricia Philbrick (staff accountant)

Invocation: Rev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J., Pastor St. Francis Xavier Parish, Phoenix

Speaker: Fr. Robert Spitzer, Ph.D., S.J. (founder/president, Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, President Emeritus Gonzaga University

Entertainment: Mark Forrest, Irish Tenor (guest vocalist)

Music: Allegro Quartet (cocktail reception); Otis and the Beat (dancing)

Of note: A special exhibit of The St. John's Bible--the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago

Sponsors: CROZIER CIRCLE: Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust; GUARDIAN ANGEL: Mr. and Mrs. F. Michael Geddes; SERAPHIM: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Mrs. Lorenza DeMuro, Happy Jack Lodge; CHERUBIM: Auther Family Trust, Alliance Insurance Group, Bristol Global Mobility, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Brophy, Mr. and Mrs. Marlon Buchholtz/Mrs. William Maloney, Mr. and Mrs. John Campo, III, Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries, Catholic Healthcare West, Drs. William and Maria Chavira, The Christifulli and Ray Families, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hadad, Mr. and Mrs. Christian Hoffmann, III, M&I; Wealth Management, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mulhern, National Bank of Arizona, Snell & Wilmer LLP

Quote of the evening: "As the Catholic Community Foundation's only fundraising event, proceeds from the Gala help fund Catholic Education, Christian Formation, Catholic Cummunications and Work among the Poor ministries throughout the Diocese of Phoenix." (Thomas J. Olmsted)

Menu: FIRST COURSE: Sea-salt roasted chioggia beets, goat cheese mousse & wild arugula w citrus vinaigrette; SECOND COURSE: Cabernet-braised beef short rib w bordelaise sauce, olive-dusted mero sea bass, nicoise potato cake & heirloom burgundy-glazed carrots; THIRD COURSE: Dessert trio--dark chocolate crunch bar & forest berry compote/white chocolate mousse & raspberry gelee/lemon meringue tart

Attendance: 725

Attire: Black Tie Preferred

Special Thanks: Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Rev. Fred Adamson, V.G., Rev. Michael Diskin, Rev. John Muir, Rev. David Sanfilippo, V.G., Rev. Paul Sullivan...for their guidance

Information: Brigitte Dayton - 602.354.2400

Board of Directors: John Sack, Ph.D. (chairman), Keith Tigue (vice chairman), Maria Chavira, Ph.D. (treasurer), Guy Labelle (secretary), Christian Hoffmann, III (ex-officio), Daniel Santy (immediate past chairman); Maureen Adams, Betsey Bayless, Rev. Robert Clements, Susie Cole, Ann De Francesco, Allen Edgar, Rusty Foley, Diane Halle, Gil Jimenez, Paul Madden (lifetime), Edward McDonough, Steve Nelson, Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Donald Ruff, Deacon Ron TenBarge, Kirk Tushaus, Candace Wiest

Blacktie Photos by: Richard Belcastro

 Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted with the Stephen Brophy Family
Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted with the Stephen Brophy Family
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22nd Annual Crozier Gala

By Myra Richman

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, the Catholic Community Foundation held its 22nd annual Crozier Gala at the Camelback Inn, with an impressive four bishops and 80 priests in attendance.

The evening began with a reception on the terrace at sundown, with the music of Allegro Quartet in the background.

The doors to the ballroom opened and the beautiful sounds of the Xavier College Preparatory Honor Choir, under the direction of Amanda Sherrill, welcomed the crowd of more than 650 guests.

Herb Sendek was Master of Ceremonies.  The Papal blessing was a tribute to the priests of the Diocese of Phoenix, and was presented by the Knights of Columbus to Bishop Olmsted, followed by a a gift delivery to the priests in the audience by the student ambassadors.

Guest vocalist Mark Forrest, a celebrated Irish tenor, delighted the crowd.

Guest speaker Father Robert Spitzer, president emeritus of Gonzaga University and founder/president of the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, inspired the audience.  He has spoken to British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Cabinet as well as other world leaders.  

The Catholic Community Foundation is an independent, nonprofit charitable organization that supports the religious, educational and philanthropic objectives of the Diocese of Phoenix.  Founded in 1983, the Foundation's mission is to carry on the work of Christ by fostering philanthropy.

For more information, please contact the Foundation at 602-354-2400 or [email protected]

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