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Catholic Charities to welcome two bishops at Merced event

Catholic Charities is pleased to host its fifth annual community celebration, Harvest of Hope, on Saturday, August 10, at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Merced.

In attendance for the event will be the new Bishop for the Diocese of Fresno, Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan, as well as Bishop for the Diocese of Stockton, Most Reverend Myron J. Cotta, several priests and hundreds of families from throughout the community who will come together to honor Albert Coderniz (Dos Palos) and The Serrano Family (Le Grand).

Harvest of Hope is Catholic Charities’ largest annual fundraiser that enables the organization to continue providing its vital programs and services to families in crisis.

Just last month, Catholic Charities served 2,251 people with food to feed their families at home, 405 people with clothing for themselves and their children, and 121 people with financial case management assistance.

Of those clients served, nearly 500 were met through our Rural Outreach Program that provides resources such as food and clothing to families living and working in our rural communities.

Additionally, Catholic Charities celebrated its 18th graduate in its Career and Education Center that teaches GED Prep and Introduction to Computer courses.

Each year, the Harvest of Hope event celebrates the community’s generosity, love for those less fortunate and those who exemplify the Catholic Charities mission in their everyday lives. Albert Coderniz and the Serrano family have both made an incredible impact within their communities over the past several decades.

The evening will offer music, dinner, drinks, a silent auction and a live auction. The live auction is sure to please a crowd with items ranging from a Wilderotter Vineyard Getaway to a personal family dinner with Bishop Brennan for ten guests.

Sponsorships, tables and individual tickets are available by calling (209) 383-2494.

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