2016 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner Honored Raymond Quartararo of JP Morgan Chase & Co, Michael T. Rooney of MDG Design + Construction, Gandolfo Vincent (Vince) DiBlasi of Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP, and Deacon John R. Sucich of JSK Construction
The annual event, which was attended by 730 guests and raised $1,250,000 toward the work of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, the human services agency of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
On Wednesday, June 29, Raymond Quartararo, Real Estate Executive, Global Real Estate, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Michael T. Rooney, Founding Principal, MDG Design + Construction, were honored by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens at the 2016 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria in Manhattan. Along with Quartararo and Rooney, Gandolfo Vincent (Vince) DiBlasi, Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP, was presented the Ubi Deus Ibi Caritas Award, and Deacon John R. Sucich, President, JSK Construction Corp., was honored with the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Service Award.
Pictured above from L to R: Honoree Deacon John R. Sucich, President, JSK Construction; John Hardiman, Partner at Sullivan and Cromwell (who accepted the award on behalf of Honoree Gandolfo Vincent (Vince) DiBlasi);Rev. Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and affiliated agencies; Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn; Honoree Raymond Quartararo, Real Estate Executive, JPMorgan Chase; Honoree Michael T. Rooney, Founding Principal, MDG Design + Construction; Very Reverend Patrick J. Keating, Deputy CEO, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; and Ken Rosato, Anchor, WABC-TV New York.
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, served as Honorary Chairman. The Dinner Chairpersons were: Martin Cottingham, Principal,Avison Young;Nicola DeAcetis, AIA, Principal, Design and Construction, MDG Design + Construction;Edward Dougherty, President,GSD Consulting, Inc.; John J. Farrell, Retired Director of Human Resources,JPMorgan Chase; Elizabeth Mary Lutas, MD, FACP, FACC, Attending Physician,Brightpoint Health;Peter M. Meyer, Marketing President, NYC,TD Bank;Charles F. Murphy, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Turner Construction; Michael Sci, Senior VP, Projects,Jones Lang LaSalle Americas;Peter J. Striano, Chairman and CEO,Unity International Group;Robert Trobe, Managing Director,Crystal & Company;John Tynan, Acting Director,Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corp.;Ted Moudis, AIA, Senior Principal, Ted Moudis Associates | TMA; andLouis Milo, Principal,Milrose Consultants, Inc. Ken Rosato, Emmy-award winning anchor of WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News served as Master of Ceremonies.
The dinner also included live and silent auctions as well as dancing and entertainment for the more than 730 guests in attendance. The fundraiser raised more than $1,250,000 for the Agency’s work.
As the Head of Global Construction within Global Real Estate at JPMorgan Chase,Raymond Quartararo is responsible for JPMorgan Chase’s global capital project execution. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Quartararo served as the president of Jones Lang LaSalle’s regional Project and Development Services Group, one of New York’s leading project management and development resources. He was directly involved in many major New York City projects, including the new NYC headquarters for Bank of America, and renovations at the Madison Square Garden and Time Warner’s new headquarters at Columbus Circle. Mr. Quartararo takes an active role helping nonprofits throughout the city, including the Special Olympics of New York and United Way.
Michael Rooney has been leading MDG Design + Construction, a full-service firm that develops, constructs, and manages affordable housing in New York City and Long Island, for nearly 30 years. Mr. Rooney has worked with tenants, local community groups, building owners, and government agencies to find innovative ways to develop, finance, and rehabilitate residential real estate in emerging communities, and create high quality, affordable homes that residents are proud to live in.
“I was so delighted to present the Bishop’s Humanitarian Awards to Ray and Michael for their dedication and work on behalf of those in need throughout Brooklyn and Queens,” remarked Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and affiliated agencies.
Vince DiBlasi is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell’s Litigation Group, an international law firm representing clients in several of the largest financial services industry cases. Mr. DiBlasi has earned many of the legal industry’s top rankings and is recognized as a leading authority on securities and commodities class actions and derivatives suits. He frequently is retained to consult with board committees and board members, and has also served on many boards, including The Legal Aid Society and the Federal Bar Association. Mr. DiBlasi is an active supporter of many organizations, such as The Posse Foundation and Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
After years of working in the construction industry, Deacon John Sucich established the JSK Construction Corp. in 1981 as the Founding President and Primary Stockholder. JSK is a Construction Management and General Contracting firm primarily handling healthcare related construction for major New York Area Medical and Cancer Centers. Born, raised and currently living in Astoria, he has been a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Parish since 1972 and a Deacon since his Ordination in 1993. He is a former Trustee of the Parish, and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Preparatory High School in Astoria. He has also served on the Board of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens for over 20 years.
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. See more photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.
About Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ): For over 115 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, and currently offers 160-plus programs and services for children, youth, adults, older adults, persons with developmental disabilities, and those struggling with mental illness. As one of the largest faith-based developers of affordable housing in the country, Catholic Charities provides 3,750 units of housing for low-income seniors, families, and the formerly homeless, with an additional 750 units of special needs housing, throughout Brooklyn and Queens. For additional information, visit our website at www.ccbq.org.