‘Hope is in Bloom’ gala to benefit Respite Center

McALLEN — Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley will be hosting the eighth annual Hope is in Bloom Gala on Saturday.

The gala raises funds for the nonprofit organization, and since 2014, it’s been the main source of funds for the Humanitarian Respite Center.

Since it opened, the center has served as a temporary home for immigrants making the journey to the United States.

“We’re responding to the humanitarian crisis to the many families who end up here in our community and are in great need of assistance and just basic care,” said Sister Norma Pimentel, director of Catholic Charities of the RGV. “Our community is able to respond this way through the funds that we’re able to raise for the building we’re trying to acquire for this purpose. … The money that we collect from the gala will go toward our humanitarian response.”

The gala usually brings in $100,000 to $125,000 every year through sponsorships and live and silent auctions. According to a news release issued by IBC Bank, Frontera Materials, a local construction aggregate, donated $5,000 for the gala.

The money goes into basic needs for the center such as toiletries, food, utilities and rent for their downtown McAllen facility. Those are things that are “constantly needed,” Pimentel stressed.

This year, they hope to raise enough funds to begin construction of their own facility. The new center will likely be several floors tall and is expected to cost upward of $6 million, Pimentel said.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Embassy Suites hotel in McAllen, 800 Convention Center Blvd.