500 turn out for Cornerstone Gala Salute to Knights of Columbus
Some 500 guests gathered to honor the Knights of Columbus for its service to the Diocese of Tucson last month at the 26th annual Cornerstone Gala, an event described by Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas as “a resounding success.”
The event, which included a silent auction and dinner at the Marriott Starr Pass, was a benefit for the Catholic Foundation and Cornerstone Fund.
Marty and Babs Ronstadt accepted the Cornerstone Award on behalf of the K of C.
A video prepared by Fred Allison, recently retired diocesan communications director, “marvelously highlighted the 108-year history of the Knights in our Diocese since the first Council was established in Bisbee,” Bishop Kicanas said.
A highlight of the evening was the portrayal of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, played by Nicholas Ryan Izzo, and Bishop Henry Granjon, second Bishop of Tucson, played by Father Alex Mills, pastor of St. Ann Parish in Tubac.
At the Gala, the Catholic Foundation gave out nearly $185,000 in grants for parishes, schools and Catholic organizations.
Bishop Kicanas said he was grateful to Ed Steinhoff, chairman of the Foundation board, the board members, and the Gala Committee chaired by Dan and Pat Torrington. He also offered “special kudos” to the staff of the Foundation, directed by Margie Puerta Edson, and to Father Ricky Ordonez, vocations director, who “did a fabulous job” as master of ceremonies.
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