31st Annual Crozier Gala

Catholic Community Foundation Crozier Gala raises more than $200,000

The Catholic Community Foundation celebrated its 31st Annual Crozier Gala at The Phoenician on Saturday, April 27 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Phoenix.

The sold-out event is the organization’s largest signature fundraiser. The Catholic Community Foundation connects the faithful, invests in the Catholic community of greater Arizona and grows resources that last beyond a lifetime.

“The success of the event is a testament to the support of our 1.2 million Catholic brothers and sisters living in Arizona,” said Deacon James Carabajal, Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Community Foundation. This new endowment will aid ministries and apostolates that carry out our Gospel call to care for our neighbors, mind, body, and soul. The remaining funds will support the Foundation’s immediate programmatic needs, including the beloved Crozier Catholic School Scholarship Program for children of Catholic school employees.

Co-chaired by community leaders Trish Stark and Kim Ruggiero, the Crozier Gala took guests on a journey of remembrance and celebrated the generations of families, businesses, and organizations who live their faith by giving generously to support the ministries that serve the people of the Diocese of Phoenix.

Guests were honored to hear remarks from the Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, as the special guest for the evening. Matt Smith, who is known for his role on MTV’s The Real World: New Orleans, filled the room effortlessly with laughter as the gala’s emcee. The keynote speaker was Arizona State Head Football Coach, Herm Edwards who spoke of walking in the footsteps of faith and being the best version of who you are.