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 Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner

2016 Award Winners"You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world."

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg will host their largest annual fundraiser for its 20th Anniversary, Thursday, April 19, 2018. All proceeds from the dinner are redistributed to the most vulnerable and at-risk residents of the diocese by granting temporary emergency financial assistance with food, light, water, sewage and all heating sources.

Now at its 20th year, the event has netted more than $1 million dollars to help nearly 9,000 individuals and families in the four counties served by the diocese — Armstrong, Fayette, Indiana and Westmoreland.

The 2018 awards will be held at Stratigos Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon.

Bishop Edward C. Malesic will present the awards following the evening's dinner. Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, managing director of Catholic Charities, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Nominations are accepted September 1st through October 31st. 

Fill out the nomination form here.

You may contact Heather Rady, director of community relations and special events, at 724-837-1840 for additional information.


 Our History

In 1998, the diocese established the Communities of Salt and Light Awards to recognize individuals whose deeds exhibit a significant level of time, talent and treasure. Nominees are measured by criteria epitomizing the mission of the church in our diocese and reflective of the core essence of Catholic Charities.

The criteria was established by an independent committee of lay and clergy representatives of the diocese and inspired by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' document "Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish" (1993).

The Communities of Salt and Light Awards recognize outstanding individuals or groups in the categories of humanitarianism (time and talent), philanthropy (treasure) and outstanding human service (service and action) organization.

 Award Recipients

​Communities of Salt and Light award recipients are listed below in the categories of humanitarianism, philanthropy, outstanding human service organization and lifetime achievement. Recipients who have since passed away are also denoted.
  
  
  
expand Award : Humanitarianism ‎(18)
expand Award : Lifetime Achievement ‎(3)
expand Award : Outstanding Human Service ‎(10)
expand Award : Outstanding Leadership ‎(1)
expand Award : Philanthropy ‎(17)

 2017 Award Winners

Jerry Overman, Jr. | Humanitarian
Our Lady of the Assumption, Coral
Overman, a resident of Homer City, was cited in his nomination for service on the Indiana County Suicide Task Force, the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, the county’s Drug Free Coalition and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. He also was lauded for his and his staff’s work with families when they face the death of a loved one, especially in the cases of suicide and drug overdose.

Patricia A. Smiy | Philanthropy
Immaculate Conception, Irwin
Smiy, a resident of Irwin, is being honored for giving her time, talent and resources to her parish and the diocese. She was a longtime volunteer at the Norwin Hills Health Care Center for the former Mercy-Jeannette Hospital, has served on multiple parish committees and projects and was an honorary co-chairwoman for the diocese’s “Today’s Challenge ~ Tomorrow’s Hope” capital and endowment campaign. She is a member of the parish’s Christian Mothers/Women’s Guild and the Comfort Blanket Ministry; member of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women; serves on the Bishop’s Commission for the Diocesan Heritage Center; and is a Lady Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

SpiritLife | Outstanding Human Service Organization
Indiana, PA
SpiritLife, Inc., is a nondenominational organization that was founded in 2013 and addresses the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals ravaged by chemical addiction and provides assistance to the families affected by addiction, according to the nomination. SpiritLife collaborates with other service organizations to help provide assistance to people when they return to their homes, families, communities and jobs. The nomination included praise for the faith that drives this organization’s work and its compassion and commitment to the recovery of the whole person.

 Underwriter, Sponsorship & Auction Donation

The Communites of Salt and Light Awards Dinner is always made possible by generous donations, including underwriters, sponsorships and auction item donations. If you would ilke to be a special part of this year's dinner, please contact Heather Rady, director of community relations and special events, at 724-837-1840, for additional information.

​Price and Deductibility ​Description

​$10,000
Level I Underwriter

FMV:  $1,400
Tax Deductible:  $8,600

  • Two tables (20 seats) at the event
  • Ten (10) Tickets to VIP reception with Bishop Malesic and Salt and Light winners
  • Sponsorship recognition on video during dinner
  • Sponsorship recognition on sign at registration
  • Sponsorship recognition in program booklet
  • Sponsorship recognition in Catholic Charities' newsletter
  • Sponsorship recognition in The Catholic Accent
  • Full page (outside back cover) program booklet advertisement

$5,000
Level II Underwriter

FMV: $700
Tax Deductible:  $4,300

  • One table (10 seats) at the event
  • Five (5) Tickets to VIP reception with Bishop Malesic and Salt and Light winners
  • Sponsorship recognition on sign at registration
  • Sponsorship recognition in program booklet
  • Sponsorship recognition in the Catholic Charities' newsletter
  • Sponsorship recognition in The Catholic Accent
  • Full page (inside cover) program booklet advertisement
​$2,500

Level III Underwriter

FMV:  $700
Tax Deductible:  $1,800

  • One table (10 seats) at the event
  • Two (2) Tickets to VIP reception with Bishop Malesic and Salt and Light winners
  • Sponsorship recognition on sign at registration
  • Sponsorship recognition in program booklet
  • Sponsorship recognition in the Catholic Charities' newsletter
  • Sponsorship recognition in The Catholic Accent             
  • Full page program booklet advertisement

​$1,700
Parish Sponsor

FMV: $700
Tax Deductible: $1,000cial rate only offered to parishes of the Diocese of Greensburg

  • ​One table (10 seats at the event
  • Sponsorship recognition in program booklet
  • Sponsorship recognition in the Catholic Charities newsletter
  • Full page program booklet advertisement

​$130
Individual

FMV:  $70
Tax Deductible:  $60

  • One ticket
  • Includes complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, gourmet dinner, gift, program booklet and entry into grand prize drawing
$100
Sponsor a Basket
  • Name recognition
$50
Sponsor a "Mystery Box"
  • ​Name recognition

 Program Ad Options

Price​Description​Size
​$1,200​Back Outside Cover (if available)4 ½” wide x 7 ½” high
​$900​Inside Front or Back Cover (if available)4 ½” wide x 7 ½” high
​$600​Full Page4 ½” wide x 7 ½” high
​$375​Half Page4 ½” wide x 3 5/8” high
​$200​Quarter Page2 1/8” wide x 3 5/8” high


Ads must be submitted in digital black and white format no later than Friday, March 23, 2018. Submissions should be emailed to Heather Rady, and attached as follows .jpg, .tiff, .doc, .pub, or .pdf formats. Checks made payable to Catholic Charities.

  
  
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