March 13, 2017
Amarillo—Tickets are now available for the sixth annual Bishop’s Gala, which will benefit the financial needs at Holy Cross Catholic Academy, the only secondary Catholic School in the Diocese of Amarillo.
This year’s Gala is set for Friday, May 5, beginning at 6:30pm with Social Hour, followed by dinner at 7:30pm. The evening will also include a live auction and casino tables.
The evening is hosted by the Catholic Foundation of the Texas Panhandle.
Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will be the keynote speaker.
Chairing this year’s Gala are Belinda and Greg Britten.
A native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Cardinal Rodríguez was ordained to the priesthood for the Salesians of St. John Bosco on June 28, 1970 and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Tegucigalpa on Oct. 28, 1978.
He first came to know the Diocese of Amarillo in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, which struck Honduras in the fall of 1998. The following year, the Church in Texas formed Project Solidarity, which led to the construction of homes in Tegucigalpa and other areas of Honduras severely damaged by the Category 5 major hurricane.
Cardinal Rodríguez is a member of the Council of 8 appointed by Pope Francis to serve as his advisors. A classically-trained pianist, he also loves to play the saxophone.
This will be Cardinal Rodríguez’s fourth visit to the Diocese of Amarillo, and his first since he participated in the Diocesan Year of Faith in September 2013.
Greg Britten is a native of Groom; his wife Belinda grew up in Tulia. The couple attends St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Amarillo, where Mr, Britten is a member of the Men’s Club and the Serra Club. Mrs. Britten is active in the Ladies Auxiliary for the Downtown Women’s Center, the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project and is vice president for the St. Thomas Ladies Altar Guild. The couple has three children and eight grandchildren.
Tickets for the Bishop’s Gala are $100 per person or $1,500 for a benefactor table of eight. RSVP’s are being accepted at this time, according to Kim Richard, director of Development and Stewardship for the Diocese of Amarillo. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. They include:
• Gold Level, beginning at $2,500;
• Silver Level, beginning at $2,000; and,
• Bronze Level, beginning at $1,500.
Please contact Richard at 383-2243, ext. 130, or via email, email@example.com for more details and benefits of Gala Sponsorships.
Checks for tickets and sponsorships should be made payable to “Diocese of Amarillo” and stubbed “Bishop’s Gala.” Seating is limited.
The evening will also include a live auction, which will include an opportunity to bid on a trip to Broadmoor, Colo.; a New York Broadway Trip; and, a three-night stay in Washington, D.C.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Helen Sage at 517-1570; Sandy Riney at 359-6706; or Belinda Britten at 420-1030.