Eight U.S. Cardinals and 750 guests recently gathered for the 25th annual “American Cardinals Dinner” at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to raise scholarship money for Catholic University of America (CUA) students, according to the University’s website.
A record $2.1 million dollars was raised at the event, which was co-hosted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and CUA President John Garvey. The University reports:
Five cardinals who currently serve as archbishops of U.S. dioceses and as members of the CUA Board of Trustees were at the dinner: Cardinal Dolan; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston; Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago; Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston; and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.
They were joined by Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington; and Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Most. Rev. Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, were also among the honored guests.
…Each year a different diocese or archdiocese hosts the black-tie event; this was the third time the dinner was held in New York City (the second dinner was in 1991). In recent years the dinner has been held in such cities as Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Before Friday’s dinner, the annual event had raised more than $29.5 million to support scholarships for Catholic University students.
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