Bishop’s Ball honors couples

JACKSON – Tickets are still available for the 9th annual Bishop’s Ball to benefit Catholic Charities, Jackson. The ball is set for Friday, June 27, at the Jackson Country Club. The annual tradition features live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and fellowship as well as an opportunity to honor some outstanding supporters of Catholic Charities.
This year the organization will honor Bishop Joseph Kopacz and welcome him to the diocese. The Good Samaritan Award honorees this year are Alex and Pat Malouf of Greenwood Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and James and Carol Cooper of Jackson Holy Ghost Parish.
The Malouf’s support their church through service on parish and community committees, support of St. Francis of Assisi School, financial and furniture donations to charities and churches alike as well as through their work in the secular business community. Mr. Malouf started a foundation to encourage business development in his area. The Malouf’s will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
The Coopers have been involved in Catholic Charities for more than 30 years, offering service of all kinds to the agency and their parish, Jackson Holy Ghost. Mr. Cooper also serves on a number of diocesan committees. “God has called us to serve and what we do on a regular basis reflects our beliefs and his love for all his people,” Cooper told Catholic Charities. They are two-years shy of their 50th wedding anniversary as well.
Auction items available this year include furniture, art and an all-expense paid trip to Italy, the Holy Land or a European trip including Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugore valued at $6,000.
The Red Hots will provide the dancing music on the ballroom floor. Proceeds from the ball benefit Catholic Charities’ programs.
Sponsorships are also still available for the event. Tickets to the ball are $75 each. Contact Jennifer Kelemen, 601-326-3758,