By Anne Marie Amacher
The annual Black and White Gala — a celebration of life — will be held at St. John Vianney Parish in Bettendorf Aug. 24.
Charlene Merritt said this year’s event kicks off with Mass in the church at 5:30 p.m. with Bishop Martin Amos. A mix and mingle, gala and silent auction follow in the parish hall. Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.
Biaggi’s will provide classic cuisine for this year’s gala.
Proceeds from the Black and White gala benefit the Women’s Choice Center, a pro-life facility in Bettendorf, and other life ministries in the area. Merritt said the Women’s Choice Center is celebrating 10 years this year and has provided service to mothers and their families during critical points in their lives when a baby’s life is in the balance.
Merritt said last year’s proceeds exceeded $6,500 thanks to the generosity of sponsors and attendees. The Bush Corporation gave a “very generous donation which allowed us to give away ‘baby bucks’ that were used as cash in the silent auction,” she said.
Although the event is sponsored by parishes in the Davenport Deanery, anyone is invited to attend to “come and celebrate and encourage those who are involved 24-7 in supporting the culture of life.”
Reservations for the dinner are due Aug. 15 by contacting Therese Bloom at (563) 332-9115 or Norma Cassidy at (563) 514-4240. Tickets are $20 per person.
To donate items for the silent auction, contact Brad Merritt at (563) 529-1820, firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat Staley at (563) 332-1917.
Raffle prizes are available and you need not be present to win, Merritt said. Prizes include a four day, three night stay at a condo in Branson, Mo.; three day, two night stay in a condo in Chicago; $350 in gasoline vouchers, framed art from Woodland Galleries and Celebration of Life and an Emmy doll sculpted by a master doll artist. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25 and can be purchased by contacting Merritt at (563) 210-2143 or at the gala.
Previous Black and White galas were held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bettendorf and St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Davenport.