A late fundraising rally pushed the 94th Catholic Charities Appeal to surpass its $11 million goal – four days early, announced Bishop Richard J. Malone on Tuesday.
The news was met with a sigh of relief by diocesan officials – including Sister Mary McCarrick, diocesan director of Catholic Charities.
“The thousands of donors and friends who came forward to give small and large contributions – and then give again – brought us to this day, and we are extremely grateful,” McCarrick said. “I especially want to thank Robert M. Bennett, our 2018 Appeal chair, for his leadership, dedication and perseverance.”
In mid-May, after five months of fundraising, the appeal "faced a seemingly insurmountable" shortfall of $1.5 million, Malone noted.
"It was evident we were at serious risk of failing to achieve our goal for the first time since 2010, and only the fourth time in the Appeal’s 94-year history," the bishop said.