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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - Dinner honors 'powerful' people

"Part of our success has been to find powerful people to get involved," said Executive Director Steve Bresnahan in his address to the 200 plus gathered at the Good Samaritan Award Dinner on June 7 at the St. Cloud Civic Center.Tim Baltes

Fr. Tim Baltes, of St. Paul's Parish, an award recipient parish, had similar thoughts, noting that "there is a tremendous need to which Catholic Charities is responding, and it depends upon the community. People of St. Paul's have said, 'We want to work for Catholic Charities." The parish contributed 40 volunteers and 1,300 hours of service to Catholic Charities in 2004 in addition to high per capita giving to the organization's annual "Make God's Love Visible" effort.

Award recipient Mike "Warpo" Cicharz, organizer of the Warpo Golf Tournament for the St. Cloud Children's Home which has raised over $350,000 since 1993, noted that, "We found a good charity...It is a group effort; it's not me, it's the people involved."