Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, the region's largest private social-services provider, will host its annual gala fundraiser at the Hilton Washington Hotel and Towers on Saturday. The benefit is the largest fundraising event of the year and is a black-tie affair that will include dinner, dancing, cocktails, a live auction and a raffle to win a 2003 Mustang convertible. There will also be an appearance by Ray Charles, who has won 15 Grammy Awards. Tickets are available for $300 per person. Call 202-772-4392.

The Community Ministry of Prince George's County offers several programs for community residents. The answer center is an information and referral program for social services throughout the county. The Community Place Cafe, at First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, serves free hot lunches to homeless and low-income people and offers mental health, legal and employment services, as well as information and referrals. The Patricia E. Brown Sharing Fund is a revolving loan program designed to help families avoid eviction and utility cutoff. The Step Up program provides housing and employment counseling and referrals for homeless and other at-risk individuals to help them in their transition to a stable lifestyle. Warm Nights is a rotating emergency shelter that serves meals and provides beds each winter to homeless people, and provides transportation, employment assistance, and medical and mental health services. Call 301-499-2319 or visit the ministry's Web site,

Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Beltsville will hold its second commemorative church anniversary service at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marriott Fairfield Inn, Maryland Auditorium, 4050 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville. The service will feature a performance by gospel artists the Redeeming Souls, along with guest speaker the Rev. Michael C. Turner Sr., pastor of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Capitol Heights. For more information call 301-595-0922.

-- Barbara Hinton

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