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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Raise $1.5 Million During the 2021 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

 

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Raise $1.5 Million During the 2021 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner
NYPD and FDNY Chaplains Among Honorees

Brooklyn, NY – Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens raised $1.5 million on September 30 at the 2021 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner. Held at Cipriani Wall Street, all proceeds benefit the more than 160 programs and services of Catholic Charities. During the program, Catholic Charities presented Michael Connors, Esq., Partner at Connors & Sullivan, PLLC and Domenick Cama, President & COO at Investors Bank, with the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award.

Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Romano, NYPD Chaplain and Rev. Msgr. John Delendick, FDNY Chaplain received the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Service Award, Rod Gilbert, former New York Ranger posthumously received the Ubi Caritas Award, and three Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens employees, Kathy Gilmore, Tara Kissoondial, and Sally Worrell received the John J. Farrell Award.

The 2021 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner is the last event the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn will co-chair for Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens following his official retirement. “When we are ordained bishops, in the ceremony itself we are told that we have to be concerned for the poor, the stranger—anyone in need in our midst—and that doesn’t just mean Catholics, but it means everybody in the territory of our Diocese,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. “I have been so happy as Bishop here because I know Catholic Charities does everything they can for the people in need. For those who are poor, those who are the strangers among us, and those with any kind of need, Catholic Charities does it and has done it well for so long. Especially during the last 18 months when the COVID situation was so grave.”

“Your support is so vital in enabling Catholic Charities to provide our neighbors with the helping hand they need to get back on their feet again,” said Reverend Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

Bishop’s Humanitarian Award
The Bishop’s Humanitarian Award is presented annually to an individual who shows personal commitment to the well-being of the residents of our Diocese.

Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Service Award
Bishop Joseph Sullivan was an ardent advocate for social justice who dedicated more than 50 years to improving the lives of New Yorkers in need. A tireless leader, Catholic Charities was the recipient of his strong vision and unwavering leadership. In his memory, we have created the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Service Award to honor others who have followed in his footsteps by devoting their lives to the people of Brooklyn and Queens.

John J. Farrell Award
John J. Farrell was a former Director of Human Resources of JPMorgan Chase and a valuable, long-time member of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees. Committed to serving our neighbors in need and bettering the workplace for thousands of the employees at JP Morgan Chase, his contributions to our work affected countless individuals. In his memory, we have created the John J. Farrell Award to honor employees of Catholic Charities who have dedicated 30 or more years of service to the agency, directly impacting their commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

Ubi Caritas Award
The Ubi Caritas Award is presented for distinguished, unselfish support of human services as a reminder that true charity is the response of the human heart to God’s love for all people.

Joe Piscopo, comedian, actor, musician, writer and radio talk show host, served as Master of Ceremonies, and musical entertainers for the evening included his Big Band tribute to Frank Sinatra.

 

Access the 2021 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner e-Journal here. 
Watch the 2021 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner agency video here.

Media Coverage: 
Catholic Charities Dinner Raises $1.5 Million – 10/13/21, Brooklyn Eagle
Several Honored at Catholic Charities Dinner – 10/01/21, Brooklyn Eagle
Catholic News Headlines, (Skip to 00:02:25 to 00:04:08) – 10/1/21, Currents News

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Photos attached are courtesy of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

About Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens: Since the pandemic began, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has provided much-needed food packages and services at 49 Catholic Charities parish-based food pantries, and in total, the agency distributed over $6 million in food assistance. Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continues to deliver mental health counseling, housing services, family services and early childhood education. In addition, we are pleased to offer COVID vaccines at a variety of local events and locations. A full list can be found at www.ccbq.org/liveitup. For additional information, visit our website at www.ccbq.org.