Diocesan News

Bishop’s Humanitarian Dinner Raises Over $1M

Attending the 2017 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner, from left, were Ken Rosato, anchor, WABC-TV, who served as master of ceremonies; honoree Charles F. Murphy; Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, president and CEO, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; honoree Dr. Elizabeth Mary Lutas; Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio; honoree Joseph F. Collins, III; and Father Patrick J. Keating, deputy CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

More than $1 million was raised to support the work of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, the human services agency of the Diocese of Brooklyn, at the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner, June 28.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio serves as honorary chairman of the annual event, which drew more than 600 guests to Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan.

The dinner honored Charles F. Murphy, senior vice president, Turner Construction Co.; who serves as a board member of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, the Salvadori Center, the New York Building Congress and Seton Hall University.

Along with Murphy, Dr. Elizabeth Mary Lutas, attending physician, Brightpoint Health, the Bronx, was presented the Ubi Deus Ibi Caritas Award. A longtime supporter of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, Dr. Lutas has dedicated 25 years as a physician in homeless shelters in New York City.

Joseph F. Collins, III, retired, senior vice president, Neuberger Berman Trust Co., was honored with the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Service Award. He has been involved with Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens for 30 years. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees, chairman of the Finance Committee and treasurer of the agency.

Ken Rosato, Emmy-Award winning anchor of WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News, served as master of ceremonies at the dinner, which also included a silent auction and raffles as well as dancing and entertainment.

The fundraiser grossed $1,100,000 to support Catholic Charities’ work on behalf of children and families, older adults, those with developmental disabilities and mental illness, and the formerly homeless and the isolated living in Brooklyn and Queens.

(Photos: Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens)