The annual Bishop’s Charity Ball has raised more than $1 million for Catholic schools, religious education programs since its debut in 2007
SAGINAW – The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, presented Essexville’s Dr. Donald Campbell with the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw’s 2010 Bishop Murphy Award for outstanding leaders of faith tonight at the fourth annual Bishop’s Charity Ball at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw Township.
The Bishop’s Charity Ball benefits Catholic schools and parish religious education programs throughout the Diocese of Saginaw. Since the first ball in 2007, it has raised more than $1 million.
Described as a “loving son, faithful Catholic, loyal husband, dedicated pediatrician, caring father, and affectionate grandfather,” Dr. Campbell, a retired pediatrician, is a well-known and loved fixture of his community and dedicated supporter of the Bay Area Catholic School System. As a Commissioned Lay Minister at his home parish of St. John the Evangelist in Essexville, he visits the homebound, assists with funerals and other services, participates in daily liturgies and is among the first in line to roll up his sleeves to help at parish functions.
“My grandfather has set such a wonderful example for how to live life well,” said Brian Campbell, assistant principal at All Saints Central High School in Bay City. “He taught me about humility, patience, commitment, dedication, faith, and priorities. He taught me that doing the right thing every single time, no matter who is watching, and no matter what it takes is the only way to live. He taught me how to be a good man.”
The Bishop Murphy Award, which named in honor of the Diocese of Saginaw’s first bishop, the Most Rev. William F. Murphy, is given each year at the Bishop’s Charity Ball.
The Diocese of Saginaw includes 105 parish communities and 24 Catholic schools, located across 11 mid-Michigan counties.