Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of August 28, 2006
Priests' pension fundraiser drawing large crowd
More than 900 tickets sold so far to Sept. 9 gala
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"I've been working with the priests for 23 years very closely and I know they provide a wonderful service to God's people."
- Sr. Annata Brockman
"The money (we raise at the gala) would help the Priests' Retirement Fund substantially," Fritze said.
"We are just a bit short of our target but with a little bit of effort on people's part we are going to make it. We'd 1ove to sell 1,500 tickets. That would really bring a lot of joy and happiness to the Priests' Retirement Fund."
Cardinal Marc Ouellet will speak on a variety of topics at the dinner, including the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
When gala organizers realized they needed to boost their ticket sales, they approached the 78-year-old Brockman, who last year retired as pastoral associate of St. Joseph's Basilica. She came through, selling eight tables in just a few weeks.
"I know a lot of people and I asked them to buy a ticket," she said. "I help wherever there is a need. I've been working with the priests for 23 years very closely and I know they provide a wonderful service to God's people. I just want to help them to retire with dignity."
Gala organizers are also hoping to raise an extra $200,000 in sponsorship contributions from individuals and corporations. Many people who can't afford the $300 are donating smaller amounts.
"So these sources are going to help us reach our goal," Fritze said. "These are people who just donate, who feel this is a worthwhile cause and they have a chance to be recognized by the Catholic community at this event.
"I think it's incredible that some people would have the generosity to write a cheque for $10,000 or $20,000. We benefit hugely from the efforts of some of these individuals and corporations."
Tickets for the event are available by calling Suzanne at 469-1010.
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