Catholic Charities Raises Over $650,000 at Sold Out Wine & Dine Event

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His Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Salli Youtt, Michael Youtt, Board Chairman John Kafka and President/CEO Cynthia N Colbert, MSW.

More than 320 guests enjoyed delicious food and fine wine in the lobby of the stunning 48-story 609 Main at Texas building in the heart of Downtown Houston at Saturday’s sold out Wine & Dine dinner to benefit Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

The event raised more than $650,000 to support all programs of the organization, which impacts the lives of more than 88,000 people annually.

Guests enjoyed an exquisite four-course meal selected by Tony Vallone, owner of Tony’s Catering, with wine pairings by Guy Stout, the first Master Sommelier in Texas and one of only 160 in the world. His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo opened the dinner with a blessing, and KHOU’s Darby Douglas served as the emcee for the evening.

The event honored Salli and Michael Youtt for their legacy of leadership, philanthropy and support. Salli – owner of interior design firm, Salli Youtt Design, Inc. – has assisted with many Catholic Charities events and serves on the Development Committee. Michael, a retired partner of King & Spalding, is a former chairman of the Catholic Charities board, continues to serve as a board member, and is an active volunteer with the St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigration Legal Assistance.

“The Youtts have dedicated their time and efforts to Catholic Charities for many years, and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support,” said Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, Catholic Charities president and CEO.

Ellen and James Ginty.

Committee members who helped make the event possible include Deana Blackburn, Emily Capps, Michelle Fraga, Lisa M. Ganucheau, Ellen Ginty, Elizabeth Husseini, Debbie Kemple, Cheryl Malden, Cathy Myers, Ginger Niemann, Gretchen Martinez Penny and Salli Youtt.

Major underwriters of the event included King & Spalding, Hildebrand Foundation, Raye G. White, Ellen and James Ginty, Rhonda and Donald Sweeney, Salli and Michael Youtt, and D.E. Harvey Builders.