Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Catholic Charities’ 2016 Gala theme: ‘Be The Light’

from Catholic Charities Spokane

(From the February 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

It is the mission of Catholic Charities to bring light into lives often filled with darkness – to bring hope where there is despair and dignity to the forgotten and marginalized. At the 8th Annual Gala to be held at the Davenport Grand Hotel on Friday, May 13, we will join together with our supporters to celebrate our mission and the positive impact of our work in our community. In this jubilee Year of Mercy, we are called by Pope Francis to actively engage in service to the poor and less fortunate – we are called to “Be The Light” for others, as individuals, as an organization, as a brotherhood of mankind.

We are honored to welcome Retired Major Scotty Smiley as the featured speaker for the event. Scotty will share the inspirational story of his journey into the literal dark of blindness, through despair, and out to a vibrant life as an active duty Army Major, father, author, outdoor enthusiast, and tri-athlete. The powerful message of his book, Hope Unseen, is to “inspire you to question your own doubts, push you to serve something bigger than yourself, and encourage you to cling to a Hope Unseen.”

Scotty and his wife Tiffany are high school sweethearts from Pasco, Wash. Their long-distance romance stayed strong while Scotty attended West Point and she attended Whitworth University in Spokane, and they were married after their senior year. They never could have anticipated that he would nearly lose his life, and permanently lose his sight, to a roadside bomb while deployed to Iraq early in their marriage. Scotty credits his wife, her trust in God, her love, and the love of family and friends as the “rampart around me” that bolstered his own strength and renewed his own faith in God’s plan for his life.

Post recovery, he continued to serve active duty; went on to get his MBA from Duke; taught a core leadership course at West Point; commanded the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point’s Keller Army Medical Center; trained ROTC students at Gonzaga University; climbed Mount Rainer; and completed a triathlon, all the while parenting three young sons with Tiffany. In 2015, Scotty retired from active duty, and he and Tiffany have settled in the Spokane area and travel together, sharing his story of hope.

Gala entertainment will also include the music of Hot Club of Spokane, a traditional jazz/swing/blues ensemble featuring some of the area’s finest musicians, whose energetic performances are dedicated to preserving the great musical legacy of Spokane that stems back to the days of Bing Crosby and Mildred Bailey.

Gala sponsorships make the event possible. Among them are Signature Sponsor Northwest Trends of Spokane – Flooring America and The Inlander, Media Sponsor.

Other major sponsors include Banner Bank, Catholic Charities Foundation, Coffman Engineers, Garco Construction, Gonzaga University, INB, Inland Group, Nystrom Olson Architecture, Washington Trust Bank, and Witherspoon Kelley.

Registration for this year’s gala can be accomplished online at; by calling (509) 358-4254; or emailing

Special room rates are available at the Davenport Grand Hotel for the night of the event. Call (509) 455-8888 or 1-800-228-9290 for more information.

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