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Catholic Charities surpasses goal: $2 million

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Feb. 4 at the St. Mary of the Angels and St. John Head Start Mardi Gras parade that it had exceeded its 2015 Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal (AHCA) goal of $1.7 million by raising a record $2,002,406. Marianite Sister Marjorie Hebert, CEO of Catholic Charities, second from left, made the announcement.

“Celebrating a successful AHCA campaign with the children and families we serve is a tting reminder of our important work in the community,” Sister Marjorie said, thanking everyone involved in the campaign. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the campaign, which was chaired by Clifton and Price LeBlanc and their wives Elizabeth and Christine.

The campaign honors its founder, the late Archbishop Philip Hannan. Money raised allows Catholic Charities to continue more than 30 ministries, programs and partnerships that serve the homeless, hungry and elderly, at-risk youth, pregnant women, individuals with developmental delays and many others.

Of every dollar contributed to the AHCA, 94 cents is spent on program services, care and goods. “It is a fun and engaging way to share and experience New Orleans’ unique Mardi Gras culture and the blessings of those who make our work possible for so many in need,” Sister Marjorie said.

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