Archbishop's Christmas Luncheon Raises $800,000

Archbishop Dolan sings with children at the 64th Annual Archbishop's Christmas Luncheon

Archbishop Dolan sings the closing hymn at the 64th Annual Archbishop's Christmas Luncheon.

Annual Christmas Luncheon raises record funds in support of Catholic Charities services for needy women and children

Nearly 900 people packed the festive Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria for the 64th Annual Archbishop’s Christmas Luncheon, the first for Archbishop Timothy Dolan. The event raised a record-breaking $800,000 to support the many services Catholic Charities provides to needy women and children, particularly during this economic crisis.

Archbishop Dolan and Catholic Charities hosted the Christmas Luncheon, a New York tradition, in association with the Ladies of Charity of the Archdiocese of New York. Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York, emceed the event and Lisette Oropesa sang a moving medley of holiday music. Honorees included Carla Hendra who received the Christmas Angel Award and Marilyn and William Frank, who were presented with the Spirit of St. Nicholas Award. Guests were received by Archbishop Timothy Dolan and His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan to the sounds of carols by the St. Ann's Choir. Children of St. John Chrysostom School presented a traditional Christmas tableau. Archbishop Dolan and Cardinal Egan also spoke about the need to help vulnerable women and children, and how the work of Catholic Charities provides vital help and hope for those in need throughout the Archdiocese of New York.