Hearts Give Hope at Catholic Campus Ministry

Written by Darcey Dinh  

The Hearts Give Hope event on June 12 was a wonderful display of appreciation for groups and individuals that have served the community over the past year in a big way. My husband and I were honored to attend the event as guests of one of the award recipients, Mr. Kevin Hagan. We enjoyed meeting other supporters of Catholic Charities, tasting foods from different restaurants and catering companies, touring the new Catholic Center at UCF, learning more about the Refugee Youth program, and how our donations are being used. We loved being able to hear some of the ways that Catholic Charities has served our community through its programs, with the help of fundraisers and supporters.

Mr. and Mrs. Hagan have been our good friends for years. They are models of Christian service to us personally and to our community at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park. It was a huge privilege to be part of Kevin’s cheering section that night! My husband and I felt it would be important to support him and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in their efforts with Catholic Charities because it shows us how to be better stewards of God's gifts, and encourages us to reach out of our comfort zone and give of ourselves.

Later that evening I had the opportunity to speak with an art vendor Yanisa Tores and hear her personal story. Years ago, she received food and financial assistance from Catholic Charities when she and her children were in need. I was moved by her “full circle” experience of now being a vendor and selling her beautiful artwork to raise funds for Catholic Charities. Her beautiful print will be a wonderful memory of her personal story, and bring our home much joy.

Each year, Catholic Charities of Central Florida recognizes individuals and organizations that exhibit exemplary compassion and care for those in need by partnering with Catholic Charities to provide hope and opportunity. This year’s Hope and Opportunity awards recipients are:

  • Parish Partner Award - Resurrection Catholic Church in Lakeland
  • Parish Partner Award - Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic
  • Corporate Partner Award - The Mosaic Company
  • Individual Award - Allan Keen
  • Spirit of Service Award - Kevin Hagan

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