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Snow Ball Provides Ongoing Relief to Communities in Need

OVERLAND PARK, KS – The Overland Park Convention Center will be hosting the 49th Annual Snow Ball benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Kevin and Pam Kramer and Nelson and Marcia Newcomer will serve as the evening’s Presidents and Honorary Presidents, respectively.

The black-tie gala will include a cocktail reception, formal sit-down dinner, and dancing to live music.

“Snow Ball is filled with glitz and glamour, but it also connects faithful, purpose-filled, like-minded individuals who want to give back to their community,” said Marcia Newcomer.

In addition to the evening’s festivities, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and Catholic Charities’ President and CEO, Lauren Solidum, will make remarks.

There is no fundraising the night of the Snow Ball, which sets it apart from other local charitable events. Proceeds are raised through attendance or through donation of a Patron Gift. Patron Gifts are unrestricted, meaning they support the areas of greatest need within the agency. Providing a Patron Gift is also significant because $0.90 of every dollar donated goes directly into supporting Catholic Charities’ mission of providing help, hope, and hospitality to the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Snow Ball funds are critical to the ever-evolving work of Catholic Charities,” said Kevin Kramer. “We love that the agency continues to answer God’s call to love and serve the most vulnerable of all faiths among us. We are also impressed by the breadth of Catholic Charities’ work and all that they do to help strengthen individuals and families who need it most.”

The first Snow Ball started as a simple potluck dinner among friends. Since its founding, the event has (pun intended) snowballed into one of Kansas City’s largest charitable galas, raising a combined total of $46,000,000 in support of Catholic Charities. For the past five years the event has consecutively brought in over $3 million. This year’s goal is to surpass the $3.7 million raised in support of the 2022 Snow Ball.

“Last fiscal year, we served nearly 53,000 people. Now, we continually see a growing number accessing our services due to rising costs of food due to inflation, continued supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and increased demand for food resources,” said Lauren Solidum. “Snow Ball helps advance our mission and allows us to help individuals and families move into a more hopeful situation.”

For more information about Snow Ball or to purchase individual tickets and tables, visit snowballgala.org. Event registration closes December 29, 2022.

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