St Patrick’s Day Gala
2017 St. Patrick’s Day Gala – Record Year!
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendants, the 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Gala raised $302,000 for the programs of Catholic Charities – an all-time fundraising record!
The evening began with friendly, competitive bidding in the Silent Auction followed by a gourmet Irish-themed meal with wine and champagne from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Cheers Liquor Mart. Special thanks to Rose & Oscar Valdez for donating the corkage fee! Entertainment featured cocktail music from the Colorado Springs Conservatory and a live painting experience by Devin Montagne, Montagne Ministries, who sold his work of art – twice – in the Live Auction. Following the exciting Live Auction, the paddle auction to support Catholic Charities programs closed with a gift of a 2006 Pahlmeyer Merlot for the final donor. This year’s program featured the story of the Hinojosas – a family that persevered out of homelessness with help from Catholic Charities. To close out the night, guests danced to the sounds of One More Shot.
Join us next year to celebrate Catholic Charites’ 50th Anniversary at the 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Gala on Saturday, March 17, 2018!
A Fun Way to Support Charity
The St.Patrick’s Day Gala is a wonderful evening of celebrating old friends, the luck of the Irish, and supporting community members in need. Since it’s inception 15 years ago, the St. Patrick’s Day Gala has raised over $1.5 million to help feed those who are hungry, clothe those who are destitute, expand families through adoption, support families in need of pregnancy-related services and counseling, aid immigrants in attaining legal citizenship and integration in our community, and provide help and hope to anyone who seeks our assistance. Recently, we opened a Family Day Center to help families experiencing crisis and homelessness.
Cumulus Colorado Pulse Interview with Chief Communications Officer, Rochelle Schlortt
Meet the 2017 Sponsors
Mortgage Solutions Financial has been a sponsor for 13 years. Founded by retired Air Force Officer Roy Clennan, Mortgage Solutions Financial offers a comprehensive range of services to help families procure new homes, refinance their existing mortgages and reduce their monthly payments. Mortgage Solutions Financial’s purpose is to streamline the complexity of the loan and mortgage industry into simple choices for customers, all while working towards cultivating a culture of humility and servitude.
GE Johnson Construction Company has been a sponsor for 4 years. GE Johnson specializes in complex and schedule driven projects in a variety of niches including: advanced technology, cultural, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, mixed use, and office. GE Johnson Construction Company is an employee owned company made up of craftsmen, architects, engineers, financial experts, facility managers, community leaders and entrepreneurs.
Ent Credit Union has been a sponsor for 11 years. Ent is the nation’s largest Colorado-based credit union and the largest local financial institution in the Pikes Peak Region. Members are member-owners of this not-for-profit financial cooperative that offers higher dividends on savings, lower rates on loans, and lower or no fees on services.
The Diocese of Colorado Springs has been as sponsor for 11 years. The Diocese of Colorado Springs serves a territory that spans 10 central and eastern counties of Colorado and serves more than 173,321 Catholics in 39 parishes and missions. The diocese manages several programs and ministries such as The Colorado Catholic Herald, The Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, and Total Catholic Education among others.
Murphy Constructors of Colorado Springs, Inc. has been as sponsor for 12 years. Murphy Constructors is a family owned and operated company of 40 employees. Murphy Constructors serve Colorado Springs and the Front Range with services like project management, project supervision, demolition, excavating, masonry, carpentry, site-work, painting, landscaping, and concrete.
The Centurion Group Inc. has been as sponsor for 3 years. The Centurion Group Inc. (TCGI) is a service disabled veteran owned small business striving to be the service contractor of choice for quality conscious clients. The Centurion Group, Inc. offers custodial, painting, and maintenance for Colorado Springs.
The Colorado Springs Toyota Dealer Associaton has been a sponsor for 3 years. Larry H. Miller Toyota has been dealing both new Toyota cars and other used cards for many years in Colorado Springs. They offer car loan and leasing advice as well as service and auto repair station and a fully-stocked inventory of auto parts.
The Colorado State Bank and Trust has been a sponsor for 8 years. For over a century Colorado State Bank and Trust has offered nationally competitive financial products and services with a talented and committed team of employees. Colorado State Bank and Trust is committed to the communities that it serves, giving back in many different ways.
V3Gate has been a sponsor for 1 year. V3Gate is a technology solutions provider serving the mission critical needs of the US government and commercial businesses. Founded in 2007 by Army Veteran Oscar Valdez, V3Gate specializes in emerging technologies to help our clients simplify their infrastructure, reduce costs, and create a more flexible IT environment.
The El Pomar Foundation has been a sponsor for 9 years. Founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose with an initial gift of $21 million in 1937, The El Pomar Foundation now manages $573 million in assets with $464 million in grants approved and $80 million in programs. The El Pomar Foundation is committed to giving back to Colorado communities and has provided a $1.14 billion impact to the state of Colorado.
5Star Bank has been a sponsor for 7 years. 5Star Bank is a local network of three branches that serves the Colorado Springs community. Offering different financial products and account management services, 5Star Bank strives to be a continually thriving and trustworthy institution for Colorado Springs locals.
O’Brien’s Carpet One has been a sponsor for 12 years. O’Brien’s Carpet One are flooring experts offering help with carpet, harwood, laminate, vinyl, and tile projects in the Colorado Springs region. For over 30 years, O’Brien’s Carpet One has been dedicated to fulfilling and surpassing customer’s flooring and home expectations.
The Phil Long Dealerships have been a sponsor for 11 years. Established in 1945, Phil Long Dealerships are a premier Colorado Springs automotive dealership group, offering an array of new and used cars, SUVs and trucks. Phil Long also offers staff knowledgeable in financing, service, and parts sales.
Simply Kids Dental has been a sponsor for 2 years. Dr. Sean Vostatek, a board-certified pediatric dentist, is dedicated to making a child’s visit to the dentists a positive and memorable experience. Simply Kids Dental is committed to giving back to the Colorado Springs community, participating in and facilitating such programs as the Dentist for a Day Field Trip, the Halloween Candy Buy Back, and the Life Network Walk for Life.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries has been a sponsor for 5 years. Opened in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia, Five Guys Burgers and Fries now has almost 1,500 locations spanning the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East. Delivering tasty burgers and fries, Five Guys has generated a cult-like following around the world.
Gray Line of Colorado
Lewis Roca Rothergerber Christie LLP
Michale J. Wolfe, CLU, ChFC, MSFS
Penrose-St. Francis Helath Services
Red Noland Auto Group
Ryan Glass, Inc.
Security Service Federal Credit Union
The Faricy Boys
Hoelting & Company, Inc.
Osborne Parsons & Rosacker, LLP
The Patterson Group
Cheers Liquor Mart
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
Special thanks to our committee members!
The St. Patrick’s Day Gala Committee works hard for months in advance to pull together this fantastic event! Thank you to Judy McCarty- Chair
Nancy Barnwell, Kris Burich, Dawn Marie Cormier, Vicki Dimond, Betsy Finley, Jane Fitzgerald, Jane Gorab, Terri Gray, Bernadette Jaurequi, Lisa Kennedy, Cathy Marta, Chuck Murphy, Debbie Reardon, Joan Ronchetti, Rochelle Schlortt, Mary Jo Shaffer, Betsy Sobral, Kris Sprehe, Stacy Sprewer, Sarah Tremmel, Oscar Valdez, and Mary Weller.