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Snow Ball Event Provides Help and Hope to Families in Need

Honorary Snow Ball Presidents Susan and Mike Gangel; 2019 Incoming Snow Ball Presidents Fran and Neil Douthat; and 2018 Snow Ball Presidents Maureen and Mike Bukaty.
Honorary Snow Ball Presidents Susan and Mike Gangel; 2019 Incoming Snow Ball Presidents Fran and Neil Douthat; and 2018 Snow Ball Presidents Maureen and Mike Bukaty.

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Nearly 2,000 people are expected to attend the 44TH Annual Snow Ball benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas on Saturday, January 20th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Mike and Maureen Bukaty, Leawood, are serving as Snow Ball presidents for the established black-tie gala.

“The night itself is not a fundraiser – it’s a celebration,” says Mike Bukaty. “There’s no formal ask or auction that evening. We’re there to celebrate the success of funds raised leading up to Snow Ball, and the generosity of our donors.”

The evening’s festivities begin at 6 pm with a cocktail reception followed by a formal sit-down dinner. The Lost Wax band will provide the live music with dancing until midnight.

Honorary Presidents Mike and Susan Gangel, Leawood, will receive special recognition during the evening for their steadfast support of Catholic Charities, and living their faith at work and at home. “Our parents have always set a positive example to ensure that we value helping others and that we clearly understand the blessings in our lives,” adds daughter, Bridget Lee, and son, Mike Gangel, Jr.

Over the years, Snow Ball has evolved from a small, potluck supper held at the former Glenwood Manor Hotel in Overland Park, to becoming one of the area’s largest charitable events. Due to its size, Snow Ball was held for many years at a venue across the state line. Last year, it returned to its Kansas roots and proved “there’s no place like home,” raising a record-breaking $2.3 million.

“It’s amazing to see the dedication and generosity year after year from our hard-working committee members, their families and friends, as well as the community,” says Ken Williams, President and CEO, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. “They’re passionate about not only giving help, but giving hope to the families we serve.”

Snow Ball raises 50 percent of all private donations to Catholic Charities each year. Event proceeds help support the agency’s seven Emergency Assistance Centers, eight food pantries and more than 20 programs and services for people of all faiths, at all stages of life, beginning with pregnancy counseling and adoption to in-home support for seniors to hospice care.

“Thanks to the fund raising success of Snow Ball, we’re able to stabilize those in crisis by providing food, shelter, clothing and utility assistance,” explains Williams. “More than that, we’re able to strengthen families and help them move toward self-sufficiency by educating them about building and balancing a family budget, ways to eliminate debt and how to improve their employment situation.”

For more information about Snow Ball or to purchase individual tickets and tables, visit catholiccharitiessnowball.org or call 913.433.2046.

About Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Founded in 1956, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is a nonprofit, faith-based health and human services agency that assists annually people of all faiths in our community. Catholic Charities serves 21 counties in northeast Kansas with service site locations in Atchison, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Kansas City, KS, Olathe, Overland Park, Topeka and two traveling Resource Buses. Our goal is to offer tangible hope to our neighbors in need by helping families move from a situation of poverty and anxiety to one of self-sufficiency and stability. All services provided are based on need – not religion, race or nationality. For more information, please visit: catholiccharitiesks.org.

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