The 2012 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is off to the fastest start in its history, according to Jim Gallagher, appeal director.
"We hit $5 million the earliest ever, on Friday, March 23," he said. "The previous earliest was March 27, 2007. Last year, we hit it on March 29."
According to the archdiocesan Web site www.archdioceseofhartford.org, the amount pledged as of March 23, 2012, was $5,031,308.58. The goal, the same as last year’s, is $8.5 million, Mr. Gallagher said. "The challenge is to raise $10 million," he added.
Another first this year is the translation of the Annual Appeal video into both Polish and Spanish. Msgr. Daniel J. Plocharczyk, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in New Britain and temporary administrator of SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Hartford, translated it into Polish. Father José A. Mercado, pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Hartford, translated it into Spanish, Mr. Gallagher said.
The archdiocesan Office of Radio and Television produced the video and engineered the dubbing of the voiceovers for the translations, Mr. Gallagher said.