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Everything's Big at the Catholic Charities NY Centennial Gala

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

From the Natural History Museum's T-Rex to 100 Years of Service

Decked out in tuxes and gowns, more than 500 guests snacked, sipped and strolled past the New York Museum of Natural History’s huge T-Rex fossil before gliding downstairs to the big event, Catholic Charities Centennial Gala held under a nine-ton life-size model of a blue whale, the largest animal that ever lived.

Everything was big this special night, June 12, 2017, when Catholic Charities and some of New York’s biggest movers and shakers celebrated this agency’s 100 years of service.  Only the speeches were gratefully short. 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan introduced honorees Robert H. Niehaus, Chairman and Founder, GCP Capital and John G. Stratton, Executive VP and President of Operations at Verizon.   Catholic Charities Bronx Regional Coordinator Rev. Eric Cruz gave the invocation.  Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan presented a powerful video depicting New Yorkers we serve.  And attendees dined on filet mignon, quail legs and truffles, surrounded in the museum’s 29,000 square-foot Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life by displays of more than 750 sea creatures, bioluminescent fish and coral reefs. 

NBC 4 Reporter Lynda Baquero emceed the evening; Fire Fighter William Arce, belted out “God Bless America” and Metropolitan Opera singer and Phantom of the Opera cast member Janinah Burnett joined Alvin Crawford , AKA Mufasa from the Lion King, with a special ensemble performance.

Thanks to their efforts and all who participated in this star-powered event, Catholic Charities raised more than $2 million to support our work. We are immensely grateful to them for  making the 2017 Catholic Charities Gala an incredible success.  A special thanks to Catholic Charities Board of Trustees who, once again, underwrote the dinner’s entire cost so all the guests’ donations can go directly to our services for New Yorkers in need.

View this special Centennial Gala facebook album 

Join us at our next  signature event, the Cardinal's Commitee for Charity's Wall Street Breakfast, to support Catholic Charities 100-year legacy of service.