2014 City of Angels Christmas Gala

The California Club in downtown Los Angeles was, again, the venue for Catholic Charities annual City of Angels Christmas Gala which honored the 2014 Archdiocese of Los Angeles Investees of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (Equestrian Order) and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Order of Malta) and acknowledged the Order of St. Gregory the Great. There were 12 Archdiocese of Los Angeles Investees of the Equestrian Order and one Diocese of Orange Investee of the Order of Malta in attendance at the elegant and festive Gala.

Archbishop José H. Gomez gave welcome remarks and offered a prayer before dinner. Paul D. Tosetti, Esq., President of Catholic Charities’ Board of Trustees, was Master of Ceremonies and introduced the Investees.

Highlights of the evening included a special vocal performance of Christmas music by Grammy-nominated East Los Angeles native Suzanna Guzmán, accomplished mezzo-soprano and host of Open Call on KCET. Attendees enjoyed exquisite food as well as listening and dancing to the wonderful music of the Jay Sterling Orchestra. Proceeds from the annual event are used to help the poor children and families served by the critical case management programs of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.


Performers of uplifting Christmas music at the Gala included, left to right, Douglas Sumi, Maggie Edmonson, Chris Hunter, Suzanna Guzmán, Maddy Parks, Shannon O’Hara and Stanton Hunter. All Gala photos are by Tom Wilmshurst.


Archbishop Gomez welcomes Equestrian Order Investees Lady Geraldine Misch and Sir David R. Misch.


Sir Robert P. Barbarowicz, Equestrian Order Investee, pays his respects to Archbishop Gomez.


Archbishop Gomez greets Equestrian Order Investee Sir Daniel Francisco De la Pava Perdomo.


Rev. Sir Lawrence Seyer, Equestrian Order Investee, meets Archbishop Gomez before the dinner.


Archbishop Gomez congratulates Nancy Raney, Diocese of Orange Investee of the Order of Malta.

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