Eric Holm, the newest member of the board of directors for the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, and his wife, Diane, received the 2011 Christian Stewardship Award on October 23 at an annual conference held by the International Catholic Stewardship Council. The award recognizes individuals for their unique and extraordinary witness to Christian stewardship as a way of life.
Growing up in modest circumstances, Eric and his family relied on the help of the Catholic Church, which provided Eric with an education, and the Salvation Army, which provided the family with meals.
Today, Eric and Diane own 27 Golden Corral Restaurants throughout Florida and Georgia.
“They recognize that God has blessed them immeasurably, and they give back to God by sharing their blessings,” said Lois Locey, Pastoral Associate for Administration and Stewardship at St. Mary Magdalen in Altamonte Springs, where Eric and Diane are faithful parishioners.
Eric and Diane are deeply devoted to service in the Church as well as various charitable causes. In 1992 they began their own community charity Helpings from the Heart, which distributes approximately 25,000 Thanksgiving Day meals to those in need. They are also involved in the work of Ronald McDonald House and Camp Boggy Creek, which provides retreats for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
At St. Mary Magdalen, Eric and Diane have been instrumental in the parish’s ongoing stewardship efforts. During the Alive in Christ Campaign, they opened their home to fellow parishioners and shared with them the importance of supporting the good works of the Catholic Church in Central Florida.
“Diane and Eric continually express their gratefulness to God, recognize that they have been blessed, and return these blessings with increase to the Lord,” said Locey. “They are indeed Christian stewards.”