In its seventh year, the newly-named event honors Archbishop Robert J. Carlson’s commitment to Catholic education, including children with special needs.

Mistress of Ceremonies, Wendy Wiese, led 250 guests through prayer, introductions of celebrity waiters, many of whom were religious sisters in support of this year’s honoree, Sr. Luanne Boland, SSND, as well as presentations by the archbishop and Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Education.

A fund-a-need solicitation, and live auction conducted by Zip Rzeppa, will provide essential funds to support the services provided by the 10 schools and centers administered by the Department of Special Education.

Cost to educate one child averages $13,500 a year, yet only 20% of families are able to pay that amount, and most pay half that, or less. Co-chairs of this year’s event were Roberta Trost and Michelle Wright.