June 6, 2012, New York, NY -- A full lineup of champions will be honored at the 76th Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Club of Champions Tribute and Dinner on Wednesday, June 6, at The Waldorf=Astoria. The CYO Club of Champions' Gold Medal, which is awarded annually to an individual who has provided inspiration and leadership for the youth of New York City, is presented to Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., President and CEO of the 2014 New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee. Justin Tuck, All-Pro Defensive End of the New York Giants, will receive the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award, given to individuals who have exhibited exceptional sportsmanship throughout their careers.
Alec J. McAuley, Director of CYO of the Archdiocese of New York, and Joseph E. Panepinto, Director of Staten Island Catholic Charities, will receive the Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award for their outstanding commitment to youth.
Honorary Co-Chairs of the event are His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, NFL Commissioner Roger S. Goodell, Mrs. Margaret F. Grace and Mrs. Wellington T. Mara. The Dinner Co-Chairs include: Mr. and Mrs. William P. Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel T. Henry, Mr. and Mrs. John K. Mara and Mr. Roger Staubach. All proceeds from the event will support CYO programs that serve thousands of children and young people -- non-Catholic and Catholic alike-- throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
CYO, a division of Catholic Charities, reaches out to more than 28,000 children and youth in the Archdiocese of New York through hundreds of local sports programs, cultural activities, summer camps, community centers, Youth Ministry Programs and retreat centers. Through this broad array of recreational and spiritual growth and development opportunities, CYO promotes lives of promise, accomplishment and hope for young New Yorkers.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York is a federation of approximately 90 agencies and programs located throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York that helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need of all faiths. Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope by protecting and nurturing children and youth, strengthening families and resolving crises, feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless, supporting the physically and emotionally challenged and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees.
The Club of Champions Dinner and Tribute begins at 6:30 p.m. on June 6, 2012 at The Waldorf=Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, New York City.
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