The 30th annual CCDOT Guardian Angel Dinner Dance honors people and organizations for their tireless work in aiding the poor and vulnerable. Pictured, from left, are award-winners Jordan C., Jesse DeSanto, Frank Taylor, Marianne Earle, Joseph Leone Introna and representatives from The Bank of Princeton. Not pictured is Stanley Koreyva, Jr.  Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities

The 30th annual CCDOT Guardian Angel Dinner Dance honors people and organizations for their tireless work in aiding the poor and vulnerable. Pictured, from left, are award-winners Jordan C., Jesse DeSanto, Frank Taylor, Marianne Earle, Joseph Leone Introna and representatives from The Bank of Princeton. Not pictured is Stanley Koreyva, Jr.  Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton will hold its 30th annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance Sept. 21 in the Hyatt Regency, Princeton.

The gala is a salute to those who have positively impacted Catholic Charities’ ability to meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable, and serves as the signature fundraiser for CCDOT, raising much-needed funds to support the 100,000 people the organization serves annually, regardless of religious affiliation.

“This wonderful celebration gives us an opportunity to honor the ‘everyday heroes’ who exemplify the dedication, compassion, courage and hard work required to transform the lives of Central Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Marlene Lao-Collins, executive director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton.

“This year will be a special year – the 30th anniversary of our Guardian Angel Dinner Dance, which raises money to support the nearly 60 programs we offer to help people overcome poverty, homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, childhood trauma, mental health disorders, drug addiction and so many other hardships,” she continued. “We invite everyone to come support this worthy cause, and to celebrate our deserving honorees.”

Several people and organizations will be honored during the gala for their tireless work on behalf of the region’s most vulnerable citizens.

The Richard J. Hughes, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton Humanitarian Award will be presented to an outstanding leader who is committed humanitarian causes, is a devoted advocate of Catholic Charities and the betterment of humanity in general, and compassionately strives to improve the quality of life of people across all economic and social lines.

The Light of Hope Award honors a person or organization in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties for their support and commitment to the work of Catholic Charities in their community. The Corporate Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a business that partners and supports Catholic Charities’ goals and mission.

“We are called to love and serve those in our community in their time of need. Answering this call has been an honor and a blessing. Catholic Charities has opened our eyes to the depth of love and caring for our brothers and sisters,” said Jeffrey D. and Megan Gordon, co-chairs of the gala’s planning committee. “We ask everyone to join with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton in following Jesus’ instruction for those that love Him to ‘feed His sheep,’ which is accomplished through the work of the honorees, staff, volunteers and donors.”

Those wishing to attend the gala, sponsor a table, advertise in the event’s program journal or otherwise support Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, can visit one.bidpal.net/gadd2019/welcome, or contact Barbara Yuson at 609-394-5181, ext. 1159.

The Guardian Angel honorees are:

-- Marianne Earle of Freehold: Richard J. Hughes, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton Humanitarian Award.

-- Jesse DeSanto of Delanco: Light of Hope Award for Burlington County.

-- Frank Taylor of Stuart, Fla.: Light of Hope Award for Mercer County.

-- Stanley Koreyva, Jr. of Sea Girt: Light of Hope Award for Monmouth County.

-- Joseph Leone Introna of Brielle: Light of Hope Award for Ocean County.

-- The Bank of Princeton: Corporate Citizen of the Year.

-- Jordan C. of Lakewood: Client Achievement Award.

 

 Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton will hold its 30th annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance Sept. 21 in the Hyatt Regency, Princeton.