Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers’

Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon Raises $1.5 Million to Support Those in Need

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The 68th Annual Cardinal’s Christmas luncheon hosted by Catholic Charities and the Ladies of Charity brought in a record-breaking $1.5 million to support Catholic Charities programs that help thousands of needy women and children of all religions throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese.

“The event represents values that are at the heart of Catholic Charities,” Msgr. Kevin Sullivan said.  They include “the Christian faith that motivates our work, the dignity of each individual of every religion or no religion and the solidarity that bridges differences for the sake of doing good.”  Read more in Msgr. Sullivan’s current JustLove blog post.

Honorary chair Anna Murdoch-Mann teamed up once again with luncheon chair, Mary Higgins Clark and corporate chair, Joseph E. Spinnato at the event held on December 18 in the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

Elizabeth Ailes, board member of Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers, owner of the Hudson Valley Freedom Press received the Christmas Angel Award from his Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York  Rosanna Scotto, Co-host of Good Day New York, served as mistress of ceremonies. Elizabeth Ailes is the wife of Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes,

Cardinal Dolan, Honorary Chairman of the luncheon, along with Nancy Waters of the Ladies of Charity, presented the Spirit of Saint Nicholas Award to Pat and Lou DiCerbo.

The luncheon included performances by noted Soprano Jamie Barton and the Our Lady of Pompeii School Chorus from New York City. Students from St. John Chrysostom School presented a tableau, narrated by Cardinal Dolan with a reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke.  Monsignor Kevin Sullivan offered the Invocation.

Bullied Boy Begins to Thrive

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Bullied for much of his childhood and bounced between eight inner-city schools Edwyn Colon, 11, was treated for anxiety and panic attacks.

The young boy shares a one-bedroom apartment with his mother who is disabled by asthma, neuropathy and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and his grandfather who needs constant care due to the three strokes he suffered and Parkinson’s Disease.  His father left the family when Edwyn was four years old.

Edwyn needed someone outside his family, his mother said, someone healthy who he could look up to, learn from and begin to enjoy life outside their urban Bronx neighborhood.

Fortunately, the family found Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers, an affiliate of Catholic Charities New York.  The agency matched volunteer and investment banker Noah Anderson, 33, a “big brother”/mentor for Edwyn.

“I don’t believe anyone is self made; you are the people you interact with,” says Mr. Anderson.  “I was fortunate to interact with good people and I want Edwyn to have that experience.”

Read more in The New York Times.

Bad Neighborhood, Good Children & a Mom Who Keeps Them Safe

Friday, January 4th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Gunfire and police sirens punctuate the soundtrack of the streets outside Yoshita Childress’s home, an apartment that offers frequent views of middle-of-the-night brawls and arrests.

To keep her children, Syrene, 15, and Syrus, 14, safe, Ms. Childress insists that they stay busy with after-school activities, or remain largely confined to the apartment.

Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers, an affiliate of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, provides them with safe outlets while opening up to them a world of opportunities.

Read their story published in The New York Times.