Special Guest Performance by Baltimore Raven Justin Tucker

Media Contact: Rena Daly rdaly@cc-md.org

01 Dec 16 12:00 AM CST

Baltimore – Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s 2016 Christmas Festival – an evening of sacred and secular holiday music – will take place in the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday, December 15. The evening will feature performances by the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Morgan State University Choir and a special guest performance by Baltimore Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker.

Funds raised from the Christmas Festival each year benefit a program of Catholic Charities of Baltimore; in 2016, the proceeds will support Gallagher Services, a program for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Christmas Festival has been a staple of the holiday season for more than 20 years.

“Each year, the Christmas Festival offers an evening of beautiful music during the Christmas season and also helps Catholic Charities raise money to provide care and critical services to our brothers and sisters in need throughout Maryland,” said Bill McCarthy, executive director of Catholic Charities. “We are especially thrilled and grateful to have Justin Tucker as guest performer this year, lending both his amazing talent as a singer and his support for the work of Catholic Charities.”

About Gallagher Services

Gallagher Services provides an array of services, care, training and therapy for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, please visit cc-md.org/gallagher.

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Baltimore is Maryland’s largest private provider of human services, offering assistance to children and families, people living in poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors without regard to religion, race or other circumstances. Inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve and teach, the more than 80 programs of Catholic Charities improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Marylanders each year. Catholic Charities continues a legacy of charity and compassion that began with the establishment of the Catholic Church in Baltimore in 1789. For more information, please visit www.cc-md.org.

Catholic Charities has experts available to discuss a wide variety of topics, including poverty, homelessness, mental health, intellectual disabilities, immigration and issues related to aging.