Last week, Catholic Charities of Tennessee determined that its important annual fundraiser, Pathways to Possibilities 2020 presented by Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, Bishop of Nashville and the Diocese of Nashville, could not be held at Music City Center on April 21, 2020, in its planned in-person breakfast format.
However, we will still host this highly anticipated event. It will simply now be in an altered format that will allow us all to participate remotely. While most of us are staying at home as directed, we still feel a great impulse to be part of the community and to support important organizations like Catholic Charities-one of the essential service providers in our area-which continues to help people in need.
Catholic Charities of Tennessee's need for funding support from our community was critical when we first planned this event months ago. Now, with the March 3 Middle Tennessee tornados and COVID-19's impact, our financial needs have grown exponentially, specifically in providing emergency financial assistance to individuals and families coping with layoffs and reduction in income.
With that in mind, the 2020 Pathways to Possibilities event is being converted to a "virtual event," and will occur during the week of April 20, with web, email, and social media content. Videos will showcase our services to the community, including the new disaster relief initiatives we've launched. In addition to providing tornado relief assistance throughout the community--especially in North Nashville where more than 500 residences were severely damaged or destroyed--we are also part of United Way of Greater Nashville's COVID-19 relief assistance team, serving the entire community.
Community support like yours has always been important to the Pathways to Possibilities event, but now that support is vitally critical. We would be so grateful to have you involved. Soon we will share information about the new format of the event, how you can participate safely and easily from home, and ways that you can invite others to help ensure the fundraising event's success.
Thank you, in advance, for your support of our efforts. May God bless and protect you and your loved ones!
Judy K. Orr