Tickets now on sale for the 2016 Venetian Charity Ball

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Venetian Charity Ball, the premier gala evening in Southwest Florida, benefitting the essential humanitarian work of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. Visit for tickets, exclusive sponsorships, car raffle tickets and other exciting opportunities to be part of this exquisite event starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs.

Hosted by Bishop Frank J. Dewane of the Catholic Diocese of Venice, the 17th annual Venetian Charity Ball will feature cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment by the Paul Vesco Orchestra, and an exciting live auction. Dick and Betty Porell, the recipients of the 2016 Catholic Charities Frank Galeana Sr. Humanitarian Award, will also be honored during this illustrious evening. In addition, one attendee will become the owner of a brand new 2016 Jeep Wrangler with a donation for the car raffle.

Several attractive sponsorship opportunities are available, such as the Diamond and Platinum Sponsors, featuring 20 or 10 VIP tickets, a one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, full-page ad in the event program, special recognition and logo on Facebook, event and table signage, and recognition in the event program and in announcements at the ball. Attendees can purchase individual tickets for $225 or reserve a table of 10 for $2,250. Volunteers are also needed for the event. For more information call (239) 337-4193 or email or visit

The Venetian Charity Ball is the major fundraising event for Catholic Charities, a source for quality programs and services for thousands of needy families, individuals and seniors. Last year, in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties, Catholic Charities provided food assistance to 45,000 people through three food pantries, screened over 4,000 applicants for food stamps, and filed 1,795 food stamp applications on behalf of clients. Catholic Charities also provided in-home assistance to 89 seniors, tutored 175 children in the Positive Youth Development Program, administered intensive case management to 49 victims of human trafficking, offered substance abuse counseling to 36 clients, helped 498 people with immigration services, taught citizenship classes to 25 persons, and distributed infant supplies to 190 young mothers.

Catholic Charities strives to continue to deliver efficient programs and services to the community. Support of the Venetian Charity Ball affords Catholic Charities the ability to offer hope to desperate families, individuals and seniors in the area. Like the 2016 Venetian Charity Ball on Facebook. The News-Press Media Group serves as the event’s Media Sponsor, with Galeana Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Fort Myers generously providing the Car Raffle prize.

About Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.
In devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities seeks to serve and empower ALL in need regardless of race, nationality or creed. Services include financial assistance and basic necessities including food, clothing, housing, prescription medicines and support services for the poor, seniors, farm workers, homeless mothers and their children, veterans and HIV/AIDS patients; citizenship services, job training, education and resettlement assistance for immigrants and refugees; professional counseling and addiction services, mentoring for vulnerable youth, foreclosure prevention, quality day care and early learning experiences for children and much more. Visit for more information.
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