WHEELING, W.Va. – Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) will host its 11th Annual Shining aLight on Hope Gala in a virtual format this year. The Gala will broadcast on Tuesday, March 16 at7:00 p.m. on WTRF-7 in Wheeling and on CCWVa’s website at:
“This is a unique chance for our whole community to peek behind the scenes and learn more abouthow we serve this region. And we’re continuing our tradition of recognizing leaders in thecommunity who demonstrate true Charity in Action with a special award,” said Beth Zarate, CCWVaPresident and Chief Executive Officer.
CCWVa offers a network of services supporting infants to seniors. The agency collaborates with individuals and community partners to support people who need food, hospitality, utility bill assistance, child care assistance, home care services and much more.
“This year the pandemic hit our clients especially hard. Our awardees stepped up in a profoundway, helping us provide almost triple the assistance in comparison to the prior year,” said Zarate.
The recipients of the 2021 Charity in Action Award are David Rose (Wheeling), Bernard Twigg(Glen Dale), and St. Vincent de Paul Parish School (Wheeling).
David Rose has volunteered with Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center for over 14 years. Heworks in the kitchen, coordinates food drives, and welcomes people to the day shelter warmingroom in the winter.
Since March 2020 when the pandemic hit, David has tirelessly dedicated his time to serving themost vulnerable. He is at the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center five days each week, helpingprepare about 300 meals each day. Neighbors who are homebound and experiencing homelessness benefit daily from his compassionate service.
“David personifies charity in action. His service to those in need illustrates his commitment toCatholic Charities’ mission,” said Trish Whitelatch, CCWVa Assistant Neighborhood CenterCoordinator.
Bernard Twigg’s service to the Catholic Church and his community has been recognized even byPope Francis; in 2018, Bernie received the Benemeriti Medal, which means “well merited.”
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Catholic Charities West Virginia joins the Pope in honoring Bernie for his dedication to theirmission. His service on the CCWVa Board of Directors is marked by enthusiasm and demonstrates his commitment to living out his values.
“Bernie treats others with dignity and respect, and he is a man of honor and integrity,” said BryanMinor, Director of Administrative Services for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, who nominatedBernie for this award.
St. Vincent de Paul Parish School
The faculty, staff and students of St. Vincent de Paul Parish School have been serving neighbors atthe Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center since the mid-1990s. Eighth-grade students inparticular cook and serve meals, and lead the school community in supporting the food pantry with periodic food drives.
Christine Anghie, Assistant Principal, coordinates the partnership between the school and CatholicCharities. A primary goal for the school is to teach students that service to others is their primarymission as Catholics.
“We’re blessed to have Saint Vincent School as a community partner to help us serve our neighbors,” said Trish Whitelatch, Assistant Neighborhood Center Coordinator.
“We are grateful for and inspired by many partners who walk this journey with us, and we’re honored to recognize these dedicated people,” said Zarate.
Proceeds from the Gala support CCWVa’s programs and services in 17 counties in northern WestVirginia. As part of the Gala, CCWVa will host a virtual auction. The auction will be available at bidpal.net/CCWVa from March 14-21, closing at 9:00 p.m. on March 21.
The Gala is presented through the generosity of lead sponsor, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; and major sponsor, WVU Medicine.
More details about the event are available on CCWVa’s website at: