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Shine Your Light

4th Annual Shine Your Light Gala

On April 6th, 2016, the City of Baton Rouge rallied to support Father Glenn Meaux's Catholic Mission in Kobonal, Haiti through the Shine Your Light Gala. The gala was hosted by Cross Catholic Outreach, a Catholic relief and development organization based in South Florida. The Kobonal Haiti Mission’s goal is to bring poverty relief, economic empowerment and spiritual transformation to poor Haitian families through a local Catholic mission.

The poverty in Haiti is overwhelming.  Families in Haiti sleep on dirt floors under ramshackle roofs that cannot withstand the wind or rain. They have no access to clean water or even the most basic sanitation facilities. The pennies they earn selling food from their gardens are never enough for their needs, whether it’s medicine for the sick or a new pair of shoes for a child to go to school. Father Meaux, a local Abbeville priest, a servant and a pioneer, answered the call to serve the poor in Haiti more than 25 years ago and thus the mission was formed.   

This year we celebrated the 4th Annual Gala with Deacon Dan Borne as our Master of Ceremonies. He ensured that the event was both a fun and meaningful evening.

This year, the Hands of Light Recipient was Ralph “Bud” Lee.  The former lawyer and assistant district attorney hails from New Iberia, Louisiana, just a short drive from Father Meaux’s hometown.  He was introduced to Father Meaux through two Catholic friends, whose positive experience at the Mission convinced him to go to Haiti. During his first visit, he was impressed by what he found — a Mission with great facilities, a wonderful school and a strong spiritual outreach. 

Entertainment was provided by Amanda Mena, season 2 winner of LaVoz.  Amanda Mena is a powerhouse of a singer and sang three beautiful songs to set the mood and captivated the guests in attendance. 

Please go to our Feature Page to see our article in City Social – we’re on page 52

For More Information contact Carol Collins at 800-391-8545 ext 235 or

Event Forms and Documents:

Sponsor Guide

Sponsor Remit

Project Info Guide

Event Guide



Cross Catholic Outreach

2700 N. Military Trail, Suite 240

PO Box 273908

Boca Raton, Florida 33427-3908


Cross Catholic Outreach is a 501c3

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