Wine & Dine Dinner Honors Kafkas, Tops $560,000 for Catholic Charities

Release date: May 7, 2019

Carol and John Kafka were honored at Catholic Charities' Wine & Dine.

Catholic Charities honored Carol and John Kafka for their faith-based commitment to the community. From left: Catholic Charities board chair Kevin K. Rech, President/CEO Cynthia Colbert, John Kafka, David Harvey, Carol Kafka, Stan Marek.

Generous guests of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s recent Wine & Dine event raised more than $560,000 to support Catholic Charities’ network of life-changing programs that work together to alleviate poverty.

The event honored Carol and John Kafka for their steadfast commitment to social responsibility. After 43 years of marriage, the Kafkas are blessed with two grown sons, Matt and Kyle, who have their own families with wives Libby and Kristie along with eight grandchildren.

John Kafka served as chairman of the Catholic Charities board of directors and remains on the board as immediate past chair in addition to serving on the board of a number of other organizations. Carol Kafka has been a member of the Charity Guild of Catholic Women for 15 years, where her love of music led her to start a choir of Charity Guild members.

Dinner co-chairs were Mikki Hebl and David Harvey, and Reinnette and Stan Marek. Major dinner underwriters included the Kafka family and dinner co-chairs, as well as Cathy and Joe Cleary, The Hildebrand Foundation and Mrs. Raye White.

“We’re blessed by the generosity of those who give their time and treasure to the work of Catholic Charities,” said President and CEO Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW. “With their support, we can show Christ’s mercy to people who are in need, suffering a crisis, or struggling in more hidden ways.”

The event was held at The Revaire on old Katy Road, and more than 350 diners enjoyed fine wine chosen by Sommelier Jerome Smojver, meticulously paired with courses prepared by Chef Ryan Bouillet with A Fare Extraordinaire.

Last year, Catholic Charities served 102,519 people through programs that prevent hunger and homelessness, and programs that answered needs such as employment, recovery from disaster, positive mental health, and immigration legal assistance.

View photos from the event