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Orange County Awards Reception

March 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for a

SOAR! Awards Reception

Benefitting aging and infirm religious

It’s time to say thanks.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery
Newport Beach, California

Terrance and Betty Barry
Sherry Alberoni Van Meter

Event Co-Chairs
Pat Powers
Sr. Kit Gray, CSJ

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Contact Annika Rowson at events@soar-usa.org or (202) 529-7627 for more information. 


Terrance and Betty Barry 

The Barrys have been active members of the Catholic community in Orange County, California for more than 50 years, where the Barry Family Foundation has supported the Diocese of Orange and many local charities, such as Orange County Catholic Charities, as well as many humanitarian efforts outside of Orange County from Haiti to Northern Alaska.

Betty and Terrance have also given their time and talents to their church, St. Norbert Parish in Orange, for 47 years, volunteering with the parish school and finance board, as Eucharistic ministers and lectors, visiting the homebound, and fundraising.

They have been members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre for 30 years.  They recently received Gold Palms from the Grand Magisterium in Rome in recognition of their many years of meritorious service and support to the Equestrian Order.

On May 22, 2009 Terrance received from Pope Benedict XVI the “Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice” award of the Roman Catholic Church.  This award is for distinguished service to the church by laity and clergy, and is the highest medal awarded to a laity by the Papacy.

Terrance has been a long time member of the Order of Malta and in 2010 received their “al Merito Melitense” award for meritorious service and support.

In 1985, Betty and Terrance founded The Barry Company a small family real estate company that owns and manages apartments and warehouses in California, Arizona and Texas.  Four of the Barrys’ children work in this business.

They have been married for 57 years, and they have been blessed with seven children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Sherry Alberoni Van Meter

A veteran of the entertainment industry, Sherry has been involved in charitable work, community efforts and church activities for the past 30 years, while also holding down the title of wife, mother and grandmother.

Sherry auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club when she was 9, and spent a year on the series as a Mouseketeer before she wAS signed to star opposite Abbott and Costello in the film, Dance With Me Henry.

A seven-year contract to Columbia Pictures followed with a starring role in The Three Worlds of Gulliver and guest starring roles on many popular television shows. In 1968, Sherry traveled to Vietnam and appeared in the Bob Hope Christmas Show, returning the following year with her own musical show. She is also a voiceover artist and has provided character voices for animated TV series such as Scooby Doo, Josie and the Pussycats, The Partridge Family in Outer Space and Superfriends.

With a long list of charitable, community and church work to her credit, Sherry has most recently served on the board of Catholic Charities of Orange County, chairperson of The Bishop’s Mardi Gras Ball, a member of the Development Committee of St. Timothy’s Catholic Community, chairperson of The Big Breath Easy for the American Lung Association and member of the Board of Directors of The Order of Malta, a Catholic organization where she and her husband have led annual pilgrimages to Lourdes in France. She is on the board for both The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican and Catholics Come Home. She serves as chairwoman of the yearly Gala for St. Michael’s Abbey and Preparatory School and is a guest speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies for a number of organizations.

Sherry has been married for 40 years to Dr. Richard Van Meter. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.


March 24, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery
2128 Mesa Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660
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