6th Annual Pathways to Possibilities Planned May 4: Fundraiser/friendraiser benefits Catholic Charities

Posted 03/19/2018

Catholic Charities' 6th Annual Pathways to Possibilities presented by Saint Thomas Health is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at Music City Center. Registration and networking begin at 7:00AM; the program and breakfast begin at 7:30AM. Six-time Emmy Award winning WSMV-Channel 4 news anchor Tracy Kornet will serve as emcee.

"Pathways to Possibilities' purpose is two-fold," explained Pamela J. Russo, the agency's executive director.

"First, is to generate unrestricted dollars for use with our more critical underfunded basic needs programs. Second, is to increase community-wide awareness of our many services offered to Middle Tennesseans in need.

"Our vast array of services won't allow us to capture what we do in a single phrase...providing ‘Pathways to Possibilities' is probably as close as we can come," she added. "Catholic Charities is here when people feel they have run out of options.

"Whether a woman in the midst of a crisis pregnancy, someone looking for help in working through life's day-to-day challenges, a family experiencing or at risk for homelessness seeking permanent housing, someone living on the streets looking for a hot meal and a safe place to rest for a while, refugees looking to make new lives for themselves here, or more...Catholic Charities is here to help," said Russo.

Saint Thomas Health will, for a second year in a row, serve as Pathways to Possibilities' presenting sponsor. The two have partnered programmatically for several years.

"At our very foundation, Catholic Charities of Tennessee and Saint Thomas Health share a common mission of helping those in need which is rooted in Catholic social teaching," explained Greg Pope, Chief Mission Integration Officer for St. Thomas Health|Ascension. "We are honored to be part of Pathways to Possibilities in this special way."

This year's attendance goal is 400 guests. Recent Pathways attendance has steadily grown from the low to mid 300s. "The Pathways to Possibilities steering team is committed to meeting or exceeding this goal; we are off to a great start," added Frederick Strobel, President of the Catholic Charities of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

"Early sponsor sign-ups and table captain commitments are much stronger than last year at the same point in time prior to the event."

Strobel added that sponsorships are still available. For more information about sponsorships or reserving seats for the event, go to

"We have been blessed with amazing sponsors," noted Pam Russo. "Thanks to their generosity, there is no charge to attend Pathways to Possibilities. Each and every dollar donated at the event will go directly to providing services to those in need."

To reserve your seat, contact Mark Barry at 615-760-1028 or

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