Anthony Cammarata Jr., Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. was honored by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens at the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner at Pier Sixty in Manhattan on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Along with Cammarata, William Traylor, President of Richman Housing Resources, LLC was presented the Progress of People’s Award and John Tynan, Director of Catholic Charities Progress of People’s Development Corp., received the first-ever Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Service Award.
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, served as Honorary Chairman. The Dinner Chairpersons were: Peter J. Striano, Chief Executive Officer, Unity International; John J. Farrell, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, JP Morgan Chase, Retired; Charles F. Murphy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction; Peter M. Meyer, NYC Market President, TD Bank; Michael Rooney, MDG Design & Construction; and Elizabeth Mary Lutas, MD, FACP, FACC, Attending Physician, Help/Project Samarian. It was also Co-Chaired by Nicholas Lembo, Principal Monadnock Construction, Inc. Ken Rosato, Emmy-award winning anchor of WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News served as Master of Ceremonies and renowned tenor Christopher Macchio performed at this important fundraiser.
CCBQ's 2014 Honorees from left to right:
William Traylor, John Tynan and Anthony Cammarata Jr.
The dinner also included a silent auction and raffle, as well as dancing and entertainment for the more than 500 guests in attendance. The fundraiser raised more than $800,000 for the Agency’s work.
Cammarata is very involved with the firm’s citizenship efforts and maintains relationships with community and government officials. He is deeply committed to the betterment of New York City, and has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that the work of Goldman Sachs contributes to the greater good of all. He is also deeply committed to the National Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he serves as vice president. He is also a board member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s New York Muscle Team, a high-profile sports dinner where professional athletes join together to put their muscle behind the search to find treatments and cures for muscle diseases. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of the Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society.
Anthony Cammarata Jr., a Canarsie, Brooklyn native, is the global head of Facilities Management at Goldman Sachs, responsible for overseeing the strategy, budget and execution of a wide range of operations and services for the firm’s real estate. He is a member of the CSRE Global Leadership Team and sponsor of the Services BHL Network, Vendor Management Council and Emerging Leaders Program. Cammarata is also a member of the Vendor Risk Committee, the Business Resiliency Council and the Americas Disability Interest Forum Steering Committee, where he is head of the Recruiting Pillar.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Cammarata attended St. Jude Parish and was educated at Nazareth High School, one of the finest parochial schools in the Diocese.
“I was so delighted to present the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award to Anthony for all that he has done to make a difference for others, and his commitment to this great city of ours,” remarked Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and affiliated agencies.
“After having lived and being born in Brooklyn and going to Catholic schools my entire life, from kindergarten through high school, I take pride in this award,” said Cammarata.
William Traylor, who received the Progress of Peoples Award, has invested more than $2 billion of private equity into affordable housing developments in New York City, consisting of nearly 15,000 apartments, half of which have been supportive housing for the vulnerable homeless. In addition to his career with Richman Housing Resources, Traylor brought his talents and compassion to his past positions as Deputy Commissioner for Development at the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and also as president of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).
CCBQ's 2014 Honorees with Honorary Chairman
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn,
Fr. Keathing, Msgr. LoPinto and
the Humanitarian Award Dinner Chairmen,
John J. Farrel, retired Director of Human Resources at JPMorgan Chase and Peter J. Striano, Chairman and CEO of Unity International Group.
“Over thirty-plus years, Bill’s emphasis and commitment has been to ensure that we listened to and heeded the voices and the needs of those in need. His dedication to social justice was honed through his religious upbringing and training, where he learned that faith demands action and that action means dedicating one’s energies and life so that justice happens,” said Siebel.
“I am deeply grateful for the recognition tonight,” said Traylor in his speech. “Grateful to have had an opportunity to work among a merry band of individuals who have made a habit of doing good. Grateful to be part of the Catholic Charities extended family, which, in following the tenets of faith, is transforming the lives of thousands of poor and needy New Yorkers every day. Grateful to all of you who are committed yourselves to doing good in supporting Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens.”
He said further: “Empathy, righteousness, justice, goodness, holiness, no matter what we call it, roots in, grows from, and blossoms forth from individual lives that make a habit of living the conscious choices and the personal and individual acts to build better lives for others, even at our own expense. It matters immensely what we do individually, for the sum total of our personal choices and our individual acts equal our collective, communal intent.”
Traylor got his start in New York City as an employee of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, working with CCBQ’s third honoree of the evening, John Tynan.
John Tynan was honored with the first-ever Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Service Award and was presented the award by Bishop Sullivan’s sister, Fran Sullivan, in addition to Bishop DiMarzio.
Tynan has been employed with CCBQ since 1973 and through the years, has led the Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples (CCPOP) Development Corporation’s vision of transforming vacant land and buildings into affordable housing for those in need throughout the Diocese. Tynan is responsible for helping to develop 10 percent of the senior housing in New York City, making CCPOP the largest developer of senior housing in the five boroughs. He has been the driving force behind CCPOP’s development of more than 3,135 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors, low and moderate-income families, the formerly homeless, persons with developmental disabilities and those suffering from mental illness.
Tynan’s first project was the Catholic Charities Pierrepont House in Brooklyn Heights in 1979. Since then, he’s overseen 3,600 units of housing and 44 buildings, right through the opening of last year’s Msgr. Anthony J. Barretta Apartments in Ocean Hill and the Peter J. Striano Residence in Howard Beach.
“This is our expression to him of wonderful gratitude and thanksgiving as he retires this June after a long and dedicated career to Catholic Charities. John, like Bishop Sullivan, for whom this award is named, is an ardent advocate for social justice and spent 41 years of his life improving the lives of New Yorkers in need.”
“You give an award to one person, but housing takes many people to develop,” remarked John Tynan. “It is nice to be the person who represents the ‘army’ that is housing.”
For more than 20 years, the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner has been held annually through the generous support of concerned individuals and organizations who champion the agency’s mission on behalf of children and families, older adults, those with developmental disabilities, those suffering from mentally illness, the formerly homeless and the isolated. It has generated millions of dollars in support of the work of the agency.
Pictured above from left to right:
Fr. Patrick Keating, Associate Vicar for Human Services, Diocese of Brooklyn, Honoree William Traylor, President of Richman Housing Resources, LLC, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph. D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, Honoree Anthony Cammarata Jr., Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Sister Ellen Patricia Finn, O.P., Deputy Executive Director, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, Honoree John Tynan, Director of Catholic Charities Progress of People’s Development Corp., Robert Siebel, CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and affiliated agencies and Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services, Diocese of Brooklyn.
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