More than 700 guests attended Alleluia Ball 2022 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Diocese of Cleveland and to help make dreams come true.
The event raised more than $1.2 million to support the Cleveland Diocese Tuition Assistance Program. The theme of Alleluia Ball 2022, “Keeping Dreams Alive,” reflected the dreams of Catholic education for students and families in Northeast Ohio who benefit from tuition assistance. The ball supports Fund a Dream, an initiative introduced at the 2019 event that provides families with access to a Catholic
The Catholic Diocese is the fifth largest Catholic school system in the United States and the largest private or public school system in the state of Ohio. More than 3,100 students receive need-based tuition assistance annually, thanks to the generosity of donors. Students received $3.8 million in granted assistance last year.
The Alleluia Ball has a rich history that celebrates Catholic faith and philanthropy. This year’s event began with a mass celebrated by The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland. Lorraine
Dodero, who chaired the ball, has been recognized throughout Northeast Ohio for her community service. She is the founder and current president of the Ohio Chapter of the Patron of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. Vice chairs were Umberto and Maryellen Fedeli and Mike and Mary Lynn Silvestro. The evening’s emcee was Jan Jones. Kevin Stefanski, coach of the Cleveland Browns, was a special guest speaker. Entertainment was provided by Music City Sound, singer Ashley Nemeh, and headliner and legendary performer Frankie Avalon. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN.