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February 21, 2001


`Evening for Caring' benefit gala raises $250,000

Denver Bronco Ed McCaffrey and wife Lisa honored

By Roxanne King

More than 600 people attended a Catholic Charities benefit Feb. 10 that raised $250,000 for child care and family services programs and honored Denver Broncos star receiver Ed McCaffrey and his wife Lisa.

The McCaffreys' lighthearted jabs at themselves and each other made for a fun Evening for Caring gala.

"No, I'm not due today. No, I'm not expecting twins and no, I'm not going to eat your dinner," joked the several months pregnant Lisa McCaffrey, who is expecting the couple's fourth child.

"I can't express enough how honored Lisa and I are tonight — but enough about Lisa," joked Ed McCaffrey. Later, he added that it was "embarrassing" to be honored for work the couple finds "so rewarding."

Members of St. Thomas More Parish, the McCaffreys have lent their support to Ronald McDonald House, SIDS organizations, Grassroots Aspen Experience and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Additionally, proceeds from a line of food products bearing the McCaffrey name help support the McCaffrey foundation.

Citing the couple's charitable work, "strong faith" and dedication to family life, Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., presented the McCaffreys with the J. Francis Cardinal Stafford Award for Justice and Charity saying, "they give a marvelous witness to families."

The welfare of children and families is a primary focus of numerous Catholic Charities programs, said James Mauck, president of the organization.

"Catholic Charities provides child care to over 1,000 low-income children a year," Mauck said, adding that the organization operates eight child care centers and nine Head Start programs.

"We believe strongly that for working families, affordable child care is necessary," he said.

The organization also provides intervention, guidance and support to families through a variety of services, which include pregnancy counseling and adoption, short and long-term foster care for abused and neglected children, family, marital and child counseling, educational and recreational activities for youth and support programs for families in crisis, Mauck said.

"There is promise in every family," he said. "We help families realize their potential."

WB2 Channel 2 news anchors Ernie Bjorkman and Wendy Brockman served as master and mistress of ceremonies. WB2 Charities, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, matched dollars raised at the event, which included a silent auction, at a significant percentage.


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