Celebrating 30 years 1993 to 2023 Rejoice in hope annual benefit event for Pilgrim Center of Hope
Deacon Tom Fox, KCHS & Mary Jane Fox, DCHS

Deacon Tom Fox, KCHS & Mary Jane Fox, DCHS

Featured Speakers | Co-Founders

Living A Miracle: Stories of Hope

Keynote Address

We are all living a miracle! After 30 years as Pilgrim Center of Hope’s co-founders and directors, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox will share stories from a plethora of remarkable experiences that have convinced them to live with hope.

Join us as we celebrate Pilgrim Center of Hope’s 30th anniversary, and work to keep this vital mission alive!


Fundraising Goal – Keep This Mission Alive!

Ray Baird & In the Memory of Mary Baird

Ray Baird & In the Memory of Mary Baird

Honorees & Recipients, Missionary of Hope Award

Mary Eugenia Johnson Baird was a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandmother, generous daughter, sister, and friend. She chose to live a life of meaningful acts of love and service by faithfully serving in civil service positions, volunteering, in St. Matthew’s Catholic parish, and being a consistent advocate for those in need – especially in areas of mental health, children, and the poor. Mary was very much a follower of St. Therese of Lisieux, in that she aspired to be a missionary evangelizing her five children and ten grandchildren.

Since Mary’s passing in February, Raymond Daniel Baird has continued to devote himself to family and community.

Ray retired from the Army after 24 years in 1991 and began inspecting nursing homes in 1994 for the State of Texas as an RN. He, also, has exercised loyal service in his Catholic parish, in missions to the poor and needy, and to those needing consolation in times of loss and illness. Ray joined Mary in teaching family workshops on mental illness, and since Mary’s demise had stayed busy with activities for St. Matthew Catholic parish.

Mary and Ray joined Pilgrim Center of Hope on their pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018. They served faithfully as promoters of Pilgrim Center of Hope’s evangelization activities and events, becoming two of the ministry’s most reliable supporters. Such dedication includes their contributions as members of the Stella Maris Campaign Committee, which laid the foundation for efforts to develop the future Stella Maris Center on Pilgrim Center of Hope property.

We ask the community to join Pilgrim Center of Hope in a show of gratitude as we present the 2023 Missionary of Hope Award to Ray Baird, and in memory of Mary Baird, at the Rejoice In Hope event.

Linda Fernandez & Marietta Alba

Linda Fernandez & Marietta Alba

Event Chairpersons

Ways to Participate

Silent Auction

Plan to purchase holiday gifts and treat yourself to special experiences, gift baskets, religious items, and more!

Bidding begins online September 1, 2023.

In-person event attendees will also have the chance to bid.

Bidding will continue online & conclude during the event on September 9, 2023.

Attend the Event

Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 9am-12:30pm at the Westin San Antonio North Hotel (formerly Omni Colonnade)

Enjoy the festive, pre-meal Social.
Partake in a delicious, anniversary Brunch.
Be encouraged by remarkable stories of hope!

See below for registration options.

Sponsor the Event

Your sponsorship is essential to help us reach our $100,000 goal and continue this vital mission.

Please download the sponsorship form below. You are welcome to contact Development Coordinator Ann Gonsalves: 210-521-3377.

Table & Seat Reservation Options


Submit Form

Download / print the form and submit to Pilgrim Center of Hope with check or credit card payment.

Table owners will be contacted by August 30, 2023 for the names of your guests so that we may seat them upon arrival.

Call to Reserve

Call Pilgrim Center of Hope at 210-521-3377 to reserve your table or seats and provide payment by credit card.

Table owners will be contacted by August 30, 2023 for the names of your guests so that we may seat them upon arrival.

Reserve Online

Reserve your table or seats by purchasing online through Eventbrite.

You will be contacted by August 30, 2023 for the names of your guests so that we may seat them upon arrival.