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Catholic Charities hosted awards dinner

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County celebrated the spirit of service in the community at their inaugural Spirit of Service awards dinner fundraiser held at Villa Borghese inWappingers Falls. More than $56,000 was raised to help the organization provide human service programs.

Approximately 225 guests, volunteers and staff recognized the accomplishments and contributions of Monsignor John J. Brinn, pastor Emeritus of St. Mary’s–St. Joseph’s Parish in Poughkeepsie, who was presented with the Humanitarian Award. Les McCarthy, past president of the Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley, received the Light of Hope award, and IBM, represented by Sheila Appel, IBM’s U.S. regional director for corporate citizenship initiatives, accepted the Corporate Citizen Award.

“We are grateful to all who turned out to support our inaugural Spirit of Service awards,” said Mary Marshall, executive director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County (CCCSDC). “We are able to fulfill our mission of service thanks to the support and collaboration of community-minded individuals, like our honorees, dedicated volunteers and generous corporate neighbors, including the many who donated items to our silent auction and sponsored the evening,” she said.

The night’s program was emceed by Joe Daily of LiteFM 92.1, and Jeanmarie Garofolo opened the program with a rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Each honoree was presented with a framed print of original artwork created by middle school student Bernadette Dingman, 2016 Dutchess County CYO Artist of the Year.

For more information about the organization, visit www.catholiccharities-dutchesscounty.org or contact Kim Whelly at 845-452-1400 Ext. 4263.

College accepting scholarship applications

Dutchess Community College Foundation is accepting applications until June 23 for new scholarships for incoming freshmen.

These are available for students who don’t qualify for the Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which covers two years of tuition for Dutchess County high School students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class.

For a list of new scholarships and an application, visitwww.sunydutchess.edu/scholarships or call the foundation office, 845-431-8400.

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