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Out & About: Bethlehem Project marks 20 years of service to the homeless

Shirley McMarlin
| Friday, June 8, 2018, 7:45 p.m.
Bethlehem Project board member Suzanne English, secretary Rebecca Zuzik and board president Bob Deihl at the organization's 20th anniversary gala on June 8 at Rizzo's in Crabtree.
Shirley McMarlin | Tribune-Review
Bethlehem Project board member Suzanne English, secretary Rebecca Zuzik and board president Bob Deihl at the organization's 20th anniversary gala on June 8 at Rizzo's in Crabtree.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bethlehem Project, a social ministry of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, were Katie Zuzik, Jim and Rosanne Sandolfini and Monsignor Raymond Riffle. The gala was held on June 8 at Rizzo's in Crabtree.
Shirley McMarlin | Tribune-Review
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bethlehem Project, a social ministry of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, were Katie Zuzik, Jim and Rosanne Sandolfini and Monsignor Raymond Riffle. The gala was held on June 8 at Rizzo's in Crabtree.
Co-chairs for the Bethlehem Project's 20th Anniversary Gala were Ray Hoehler and Alanna DeRito-Gaudiello, seen at the June 8th event at Rizzo's in Crabtree.
Shirley McMarlin | Tribune-Review
Co-chairs for the Bethlehem Project's 20th Anniversary Gala were Ray Hoehler and Alanna DeRito-Gaudiello, seen at the June 8th event at Rizzo's in Crabtree.

Since 1998, the Bethlehem Project has responded to the needs of the homeless and near-homeless in central Westmoreland County.

The social ministry of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg has assisted more than 2,500 people, providing more than $830,000 in rental assistance and emergency housing help. In recent years, it also has provided material goods to local homeless shelters.

Two decades of good works calls for a celebration, which took the form of a 20th Anniversary Gala, complete with dinner and dancing, in the banquet hall at Rizzo's Malabar in Crabtree.

Surveying table after table of baskets donated for the evening's raffle, board member Rosanne Sandolfini said, “It's overwhelming, the gifts we've received. There are some very generous people in this community.”

Co-chairs for the event were board members Ray Hoehler, seen with wife June Hoehler, and Alanna DeRito-Gaudiello, accompanied by husband Tim Gaudiello.

Seen: Monsignor Raymond Riffle, Jim Sandolfini, Bob andCarol Deihl, Suzanne English, Quentin andPatricia Martin, Bill andCandy Kenney, Don andRosine Dull, Barbara Braun, Patty Smiy, Carol Borland, Chuck andEileen McHugh, Rich Guerrieri, DeaconBill andVera Hisker, John andHollie Uccellini, Dave and Linda Fidazzo andEd and Camille Nemanic.

For information on the Bethlehem Project, visit blessedsacramentcathedral.org.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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