On December 4th, 2012, Beacon of Hope House held their annual Christmas party at the Church of the Epiphany in Manhattan. Over 160 people attended for an evening of holiday celebration.
Catholic Charities staff and volunteers helped set up the party, serve food and drinks and organize a raffle for party attendees. The creative raffle baskets handed out to lucky winners included supplies for a movie night, a spa basket and a healthy eating kit.
In addition to Beacon residents, among the guests in attendance were Executive Director of Catholic Charities Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, who gave the blessing, and Catholic Charities Community Services Board Member John Baldante.
Guests spent the night dancing to Latin music and savoring delicious food. They also had their pictures taken with friends and received a picture frame along with it as a party favor. Denise Bauer, Director of Beacon of Hope House, noted how much the guests enjoyed the chance to be photographed with their friends and how much they appreciated the special keepsake.
Beacon of Hope House operates residences and an employment Clubhouse in the Bronx and on Staten Island for over 430 individuals with mental illnesses.
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