2017 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner Honored Charles F. Murphy, Senior VP of Turner Construction Co., Joseph F. Collins, III, Retired, Senior VP of Neuberger Berman Trust Co., and Dr. Elizabeth Mary Lutas, Attending Physician, Brightpoint Health
The annual event, which was attended by 600 guests, grossed $1,100,000 toward the work of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, the human services agency of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Pictured above from L to R: Ken Rosato, anchor, WABC-TV; Charles F. Murphy, SVP, Turner Construction Co.; Reverend Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, President & CEO, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; Dr. Elizabeth Mary Lutas, Attending Physician, BrightPoint Health; Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn; Joseph F. Collins, III, Retired SVP, Neuberger Berman Trust Co.; and Very Reverend Patrick J. Keating, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
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On Wednesday, June 28, Charles F. Murphy, Senior Vice President, Turner Construction Co., was honored by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens at the 2017 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Along with Murphy, Elizabeth Mary Lutas, MD, FACP, FACC, Attending Physician, Brightpoint Health, was presented the Ubi Deus Ibi Caritas Award, and Joseph F. Collins, III, Retired, Senior Vice President, Neuberger Berman Trust Co., was honored with the 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: Pat A. Di Filippo, Executive Vice President, Turner Construction Co.; John J. Farrell, Retired, Director of Human Resources, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Frank Fusaro, President & Co-Founder, Forum Group; Peter M. Meyer, Market President, NYC, TD Bank; Raymond Quartararo, Managing Director, Real Estate Executive, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Michael T. Rooney, Founding Principal, MDG Design + Construction; Walter H. Sanchez; Publisher, Queens Ledger Papers; Richard J. Smyth, Project Executive, LGA Redevelopment; Peter J. Striano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Unity International Group; Robert Trobe, Managing Director, Crystal & Company. Ken Rosato, Emmy-award winning anchor of WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News, served as Master of Ceremonies.
The dinner also included a silent auction and raffle as well as dancing and entertainment for the more than 600 guests in attendance. The fundraiser grossed $1,100,000 for the Agency’s work.
A construction industry veteran of over 30 years, Mr. Charles F. Murphy has spent his entire career at Turner Construction Company, the leading general builder in the United States. Turner offers clients a nationwide network, with 46 offices across the country, and ranks first or second in the major segments of the building construction field. Mr. Murphy serves as a Board Member of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, the Salvadori Center, the New York Building Congress and Seton Hall University. He is also a member of several prominent organizations, including the Contractors’ Association of Greater New York (CAGNY) and the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA).
“I was so delighted to present the Bishop’s Humanitarian Awards to Charles Murphy for his dedication and work on behalf of those in need throughout Brooklyn and Queens,” remarked Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, President & CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and affiliated agencies.
Joseph F. Collins, III, retired from the Neuberger Berman Trust Company, NA in 2016. Mr. Collins has been involved with Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ) for 30 years where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Treasurer of CCBQ. He has also served on numerous Trust committees.
Elizabeth Mary Lutas, MD, FACP, FACC, is a longtime supporter of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. Dr. Lutas, a doctor of Internal Medicine for 40 years, graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1976 with a Doctorate of Medicine and honors in Cell Biology, and is certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. A fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Lutas was the first recipient of the CARE USA Award for Philanthropy in 1998. Dr. Lutas has dedicated 25 years as a physician in homeless shelters in New York City. She is now working at Brightpoint Health in the Bronx, caring for individuals who are homeless and struggling with AIDS. In 2014, the Catholic Charities Dr. Elizabeth Lutas Family Center was dedicated in Brooklyn. For families who are going through difficult times, the Dr. Elizabeth Lutas Family Center provides services to help keep them happy and stable, with referrals to day care providers, substance abuse assistance programs and job training.
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.