Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock stood before the crowd at the Beacon of Hope Gala to thank them for their presence and their compassion toward those in need.
“Our job, as Christ commanded us, is to care for his sheep,” Mayor Hancock said Jan. 28 at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum. “Tonight, your presence here means a lot. It means you are walking in faith, but you also recognize that the Lord’s grace is sufficient. And that his power is perfect, because we are weak. And there’s a weakness in our community and it’s illustrated by those who are without a roof on their head and without a warm place to call home.”
He also thanked Catholic Charities for its service to women in need through Marisol Services, a network of medical, human services and housing services, which is supported through the annual gala.
“What Catholic Charities is doing through the wonderful Marisol project—the City of Denver is humbled and proud to be your partner,” he said. “Catholic Charities, thank you for standing in the gap for so many vulnerable individuals in our community. I ask you to keep praying, keep praying for those in our community who need prayer every day as you and I do.”
Archbishop Samuel Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver also attended the annual gala held by Catholic Charities of Denver. Chris Stefanick, founder of Real Life Catholic, M.C.’ed the gala, that included a marketplace, dinner, live music by Matt Miller, a live auction, video stories, and presentation by Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Denver.
Smith shared with the crowd that Marisol Health, a network of medical clinics that provides for women throughout a pregnancy and beyond, successfully launched since the last gala in 2016. Some 77 women received care since mid-2016 and 240 babies have been born to women served since 2013.
“Without your generosity, none of this would be possible,” Smith said. “Literally, everything that you’ve seen tonight has been transformed in the last year due to your generosity and the hard work of the women (whom) we up saw up on the stage this evening. We’ve changed our model from a pregnancy-center model to a medical-based model. We then wrapped around it the services that we knew these women needed in order to understand the love, mercy, and compassion of Jesus Christ and the dignity of the children that they were carrying.”
Stefanick encouraged continued support for Marisol Services that helps pregnant women when they feel vulnerable, alone and without any choice other than an abortion. Donations, and prayer, truly make a difference to support human life, he said.
“We’re not here talking about supporting some theoretical good deed,” he said. “You’re looking at real human life that’s the result of your generosity and of your love, of you stepping up and filling the gap. It’s a tragedy, it’s a failure of humanity that in 2017 there should be women who feel like they have no other choice. That tragedy ends here. It ends now. It ends with our generosity in this room.”
The gala drew some 800 attendees and a plethora of donations to support Marisol Services. Donations may still be accepted online at http://bohgala.org.