Great news. Catholic Charities Annual Gala brought headliners – and headlines – to raise more than $2 million to help our neighbors in need.
The event, highlighted by Bill Cunningham in his New York Times “Evening Hours” column, brought together 700 New York notables.
“Now in its sixth year, our annual Gala continues to demonstrate the generosity and vibrancy of New York’s business community,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.
And that community turned out in force. Leaders from the worlds of culture, fashion, law, media, politics, business, philanthropy and religion converged at the event held May 27 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan.
Cardinal Dolan honored Brian T. Shea, Vice Chairman and CEO of Investment Services, BNY Melon with the evening’s Deus Caritas Est Award. Pat Battle, anchor for NBC4 New York, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. And Tony-Award-winning actress Laura Benanti performed live.
Mr. Shea shared memories and jokes as he accepted the award. Most of all, he emphasized his gratitude to Catholic Charities for its work helping the downtrodden.
“Serving the poor with dignity and respect and providing hope and opportunity for people in need is not only fundamental to being a good Catholic,” he said, “but also fundamental to being a good person.”
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Read more in The New York Times.