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Archdiocese to mark 60th with gala at Marlins Park

Gloria Gaynor will headline entertainment at ‘White Gala’ to support seminaries

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MIAMI | In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Archdiocese of Miami will celebrate its 2018 Diamond Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Marlins Park.    


Presented by BelGioioso Cheese, Inc., The White Gala to Honor the White Collar will raise much-needed funds for the clergy serving the Church and Catholic community in South Florida. This formal event (black & white attire suggested), featuring live entertainment by disco queen Gloria Gaynor, dinner and dancing, will support the spiritual and educational needs of seminarians in South Florida.

“Sixty years ago, Miami’s first bishop, the Most Rev. Coleman Carroll, had among his first priorities the establishment of seminaries to train future priests here in South Florida,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski. “These seminaries have graduated some 500 priests who serve both in the Archdiocese and in Dioceses in Florida and Georgia.  Archbishop Carroll’s vision lives on and is strengthened through the support provided by this gala for the formation of future priests to serve us here in South Florida.”

The Host Committee for this year’s gala includes:

  • Tom & Susan Abraham;
  • Charlie & Maria Arazoza;
  • Tony & Conchi Argiz;
  • Drs. Ada & Pepe Armas;
  • Ambassador Paul & Trudy Cejas;
  • Frank & Joanne Del Rio, Jr.;
  • Bob Dickinson;
  • Paul & Swanee DiMare;
  • James “Jim” Ferraro;
  • Ambassador Steven J. & Dorothea Green;
  • Alberto & Susana Ibarguen;
  • Gene & Andreina Kissane;
  • Keith Koenig;
  • Joseph & Suzanne Lacher;
  • Jorge Luis & Marile Lopez;
  • Manny & Lisette Medina;
  • Cesar Mendoza & Alex Villoch;
  • Carlos Migoya;
  • Juan & Laura Munilla;
  • Frances & Eugenio Sevilla-Sacasa;
  • Miguel & Zaida Sosa;
  • Miguel & Sonnia Viyella.

Sponsorship opportunities for The Archdiocese of Miami 2018 Diamond Anniversary Gala are available now. For more information, visit  

The Archdiocese of Miami is home to more than 1.3 million Catholics in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Mass is celebrated in a dozen languages. The Archdiocese has 109 parishes and missions, including the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity; and 61 schools, including 12 high schools and one virtual school.

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