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Mayor DeBlasio Proclaims “Catholic Charities & UJA Centennial Day”

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Fanny Gomez  |  Share

Celebrating 100 Years at Gracie Mansion

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at his podium in Gracie Mansion
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at his podium in Gracie Mansion

Another exciting day for Catholic Charities as we were once again being recognized for 100 years of helping New Yorkers in need. As the person in charge of our social media channels in our communication and marketing department I was thrilled to have been asked to attend. This time, we were invited by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to attend a more intimate reception in his home – Gracie Mansion.

If you’ve ever seen Gracie Mansion, you notice that it looks more like a mirage at the edge of a concrete jungle. It’s a beautiful estate right on the water and nothing like the skyscrapers and apartment buildings that dress Manhattan.  Each guest was escorted into the “blue room” and offered a tour of the house. People mingled and ate as we waited for the reception to begin.

Sr. Julia Suarez offered the invocation to begin the night and Rabbi Potasnik followed her. One of the best things about the event was that Catholic Charities shared the celebration with the UJA Federation of New York. Both organizations were established in 1917 during World War I. Both organizations help New Yorkers who are less fortunate and need support and care. Although from different faiths, both organizations work towards the same goal.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took to the podium and started by welcoming everyone to his home and continued by talking about the impact that both organizations have had on the City of New York. He expressed his gratitude for our work throughout 100 years and also offered his assistance in help vulnerable New Yorkers.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio with Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA & Monisignor Kevin Sullivan, CEO of Catholic Charities New York

The Mayor first introduced Monsignor Sullivan who explained to us that we build partnerships in order to achieve our goals and our partnership with UJA is very important to Catholic Charities. Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA, followed Msgr. Sullivan and noted that coincidences are God’s way of being anonymous. We can call both organization being founded in the same year a coincidence, or God’s anonymity. Either way, there is something meaningful to me in that both organizations were being recognized by New York City because of their centennial.

The Mayor ended the night by proclaiming that June 13, 2017 has been named Catholic Charities and UJA Centennial Day in the City of New York. The proclamation now hangs right outside our elevators.

Watch our video and learn more about Catholic Charities 100-year legacy of service