Mark your calendars as the Celebration of Hope Ball, co-chaired by Rita and Lamar Hunt, Jr., takes center stage at the historic Muehlebach Hotel on Saturday, April 27. Highlighting the good works of Catholic Charities of Kansas-City-St. Joseph, this reimagined annual event promises an unforgettable evening including dinner, the inaugural presentation of the Our Lady of Hope Society, and dancing featuring the music of the KC FLO band.

The newly created Our Lady of Hope Society will recognize exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to acts of charity and living out their Catholic faith. Following a formal presentation to the community, the hope is that these students, blanketed with the protection of the Blessed Mother, will be guided through the chapters that lie ahead. 

“The heart of this celebration lies in the profound belief that hope is the recognition of God’s promises,” Catholic Charities CEO Karen Noel said. “We cherish that our youth are the promise of the future, and we are excited to induct the first members of the Our Lady of Hope Society at this year’s Hope Ball.”

To be considered for the prestigious Our Lady of Hope Society, candidates must meet stringent criteria, reflecting the values integral to Catholic Social Teachings. Adhering to these teachings, performing acts of charity, maintaining good standing as students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and active community involvement are the benchmarks that set these students apart.

In addition to welcoming our young leaders, the Celebration of Hope Ball will put a spotlight on the most vulnerable of our community. Catholic Charities empowers at risk people to create a pathway out of poverty by alleviating their immediate crises to create stability; then providing robust support to lift them to dignity and self-reliance.

“We invite you to join us on this special night as we celebrate our mission to serve our vulnerable neighbors,” Noel said. “Become a sponsor, purchase tickets, or make a patron gift to support the 2024 Celebration of Hope. Your contribution helps create a ripple effect of hope that extends far beyond the walls of the ballroom.”

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By Katie Pike, Annual Appeal Manager at Catholic Charities of Kansas City–St. Joseph

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