St. Catherine's SCCCript & SCCCreen Gala honors two special friends

St. Catherine's SCCCript & SCCCreen Gala honors two special friends

It did not happen a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Actually, it occurred in Albany on May 5, but you will excuse guests who attended St. Catherine’s 9th Annual SCCCript and SCCCreen Gala if they thought they had landed in the middle of a Star Wars movie. That’s because the event, presented by SMPR Title Agency, was a celebration of the Star Wars films.

More than 150 guests attended the annual gala, many dressed as characters from the popular film franchise. Among the guests: Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi Wan Kenobi, and Yoda the Jedi Master. And there were plenty of lightsabers on hand as well.

“Our annual SCCCript & SCCCreen Gala is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year,” said Joanne Morehouse, Director of Development at St. Catherine’s Center for Children. “We celebrate a different film every year, and this year—during the 40th anniversary year of the original Star Wars film—we selected the 1977 George Lucas classic. Star Wars, and its sequels, has entertained three generations of movie fans. We knew we couldn’t go wrong with it.”

St. Catherine’s SCCCript & SCCCreen Gala also honored Virginia Touhey and Kathy Simmonds, two longtime friends of the agency whose support has contributed immeasurably to the well-being of children and families throughout the Capital Region. Their generosity has underwritten programs and activities ranging from foster care and family services to music, art, and literacy programs for children. Among their accomplishments: Virginia and Kathy helped build and design a brand new playground at St. Catherine’s Copson House residential home for children.

St. Catherine’s Executive Director Frank Pindiak praised Virginia and Kathy for their generosity, not only to St. Catherine’s, but also to other human services organizations at home and abroad. 

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle,” said Pindiak, quoting St. Francis of Assis. “There are no better words to describe the impact that Virginia and Kathy have in our community. We thank them for their generous spirit that has meant so much to our children and families.”

Other films celebrated at St. Catherine’s Annual SCCCript & SCCCreen Gala include Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Field of Dreams, Grease, and Back to the Future. This year’s gala raised about $35,000 for children and families.