Catholic Charities celebrates an Emerald O’ccasion

Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee on March 12 marked the 30th anniversary of its Emerald O’ccasion, the organization’s annual fundraising dinner in the Knoxville area.

Bishop Richard F. Stika hosted the dinner along with CCETN Executive Director Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, and the Catholic Charities Action Council.

The featured speaker was Father Eric Andrews, CSP, president of the Paulist Fathers and former pastor of St. John XXIII Parish on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus.

Father Andrews spoke of Catholic Charities’ impact in the Diocese of Knoxville in assisting the poor and disadvantaged and how he has seen that same spirit in Catholic Charities organizations across the country, including his last assignment as president of Paulist Productions in Los Angeles and in New York, where he now serves.

Known for his extemporaneous renditions in song during homilies and talks, Father Andrews didn’t disappoint as he weaved verses of the Tennessee Waltz and Pennies from Heaven in his remarks – to the delight of the 400 CCETN supporters in attendance.

Knoxville radio personality Hallerin Hilton Hill emceed the event that supports the programs and services of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. Toys ‘R’ Us received the fourth annual Creating Hope Award.

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Chattanooga Annual Dinner will be held March 26 at the Chattanoogan Hotel to support the most vulnerable in our communities. This fundraiser is in its 33rd year.