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The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation Raises Over $1.7 Million Dollars for Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of Hartford

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HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 20, 2017) – A gala organized by The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, to benefit Catholic education and faith formation across the entire spectrum of life in all the parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford, raised $1,762,540 at its second annual event.

According to Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, the proceeds will allow her ministry to explore creative approaches to form and sustain “missionary disciples” among the clergy and faithful, as encouraged by Pope Francis.

“As the recipient of this year’s proceeds, the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) will strive to “reignite our Catholic faith” in all the parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford,” she said.

The event was hosted by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, and held on Saturday, November 18th at the Aria in Prospect. Chairman and CEO of Avangrid, Inc. James P. Torgerson and his wife, MaryAnn, served as gala co-chairs. President and CEO Oz Griebel of the MetroHartford Alliance was Master of Ceremonies.

The entertainment included stellar performances by Broadway stars, and the critically acclaimed violinist group, the “String Angels.”

The winning raffle ticket for a 2017 Corvette Coupe, donated by Blasius Chevrolet in Waterbury, was drawn and a parishioner from within the Archdiocese was the lucky winner.

HBF Executive Director John LaFramboise attributed the success of the gala to the enormous dedication of its board members.

“They genuinely care about the social and spiritual wellbeing of people who live in their communities. Thanks to them, this is one of the highest making fundraisers Connecticut has ever seen,” said LaFramboise.

Archbishop Blair expressed his gratitude to the board as well.

“They have shown us that with hard work, commitment and a common mission, great things can be accomplished. The strides that they have made to better our Archdiocese in a relatively short amount of time are remarkable. I want to take the opportunity to especially thank John LaFrambois for his leadership and vision,” said the Archbishop.

The Archdiocese of Hartford created the foundation in 2016 to strengthen the local church’s ties to business, government and community leaders in a common effort to improve the lives of people who live in Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield counties. The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation has a board of 48 members to date, including General Chair Jim C. Smith, chairman and CEO of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank.

The Archdiocese is presently comprised of 127 parishes, numerous outreach ministries and activities, and 40 elementary Catholic schools and four archdiocesan Catholic high schools.

Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
(860) 541-6491 or (860) 335-0836


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