Bishop Douglas Crosby welcomes Fred Miscio to the podium at the Bishop’s Charities Dinner Dance. Photo courtesy of the diocese of Hamilton

Hamilton fundraiser a success

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  • February 29, 2012

About 900 guests filled all four halls inside Hamilton’s Carmen’s Banquet Centre Feb. 25 to sip cocktails, enjoy a four-course meal and bust a move at the Bishop’s Charities Dinner Dance.

The annual event with Bishop Douglas Crosby helps raise money for a number of charities.

Organized by the Knights of Columbus’ Fred Miscio, with help from fellow members, this year marked the 27th anniversary of the annual event which Miscio coined successful as always.

“Last year was (Crosby’s) first time with us, we got him $70,000. We’ll exceed the $70,000 this year,” said Miscio, who hadn’t yet determined the exact amount raised. “We try to increase it a little bit every year.”

Despite his confidence in exceeding last year’s total, Miscio did admit that tough economic times make raising money for anything difficult.

“The economy was a big factor this year,” said Miscio, chair of the organizing committee since 1985’s event which raised $2,800. “That’s our difficulty now, trying to raise the bucks with the patrons but they’re very good.”

Those deemed in need by the bishop this year include the Hamilton Out of the Cold Program, The Bridge and a parish in Newfoundland.

“What the bishop wants to do is have special projects from these charities be the beneficiaries,” said Pam Aleman, diocese of Hamilton communications office co-ordinator. How much each organization receives “will be determined when he knows exactly the amount.”

Both Aleman and Miscio said Hamilton Mayor Robert Bratina’s letter to the bishop stood out as the highlight of the night.

“I offer my personal gratitude to Bishop Crosby and all who have supported this event for the past quarter century, for enhancing our community and making Hamilton a place of hope and opportunity and a great city in which to live,” the mayor wrote.

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