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Catholic Charities Announces 2016 Caritas Award Honorees - Hudson Valley News Network

Goshen – Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County (CCCSOC), and Board Chair Susan Murray-Tetz are pleased to announce the names of Catholic Charities’ 2016 Caritas Award honorees.

 The 2016 Caritas Award honorees are:

  • Most Rev. Dominick J. Lagonegro, Vicar of the Northern Vicariates of the Archdiocese of New York, Newburgh
  • Darcie M. Miller, LCSW-R, Commissioner, Orange County Department of Social Services, and Acting Commissioner, Orange County Department of Mental Health, Goshen
  • Darrell Supak, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Granite Associates, LP, Ferndale
  • Ali Curtis and Family, Director of Parish Outreach and Community Services, Slate Hill

The awards will be presented at Catholic Charities’ 10th anniversary Celebration of Charity dinner on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.

The Caritas Awards are presented by Catholic Charities Community Services each year to members of the community who exemplify the non-profit human service agency’s mission to provide help and create hope.

“We are delighted to kick-off the new year with the announcement of Catholic Charities’ 2016 Caritas Award honorees,” said Ms. Murray-Tetz. “Each honoree exemplifies Catholic Charities’ commitment to our community. They demonstrate their dedication and service to the people of our region with action and a heartfelt desire to make a difference in the lives of others, embodying the mission of our agency,” added Ms. Murray-Tetz.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County is an integral part of the care delivery system for Orange and Sullivan Counties. Services include a full continuum of services for those suffering from the disease of addiction, as well as prevention programs for youth and adults. Case management, eviction prevention, and housing resource services are also available to provide support to those facing issues of homelessness, hunger, and destitution.

Last year, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County served more than 24,000 individuals and families, regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay, and expanded services into Sullivan County.

“Catholic Charities is privileged to touch the lives of those in our community who are in need of care, hope, and help,” said Dr. Scher. “It is thanks to collaboration and support from people like our 2016 honorees that we are able to be successful in the work we do. We look forward to recognizing them for their contributions at the April dinner. Congratulations to each of this year’s Caritas award honorees,” added Dr. Scher.

The 10th anniversary Celebration of Charity will be held Thursday, April 14 at Anthony’s Pier 9. The event starts at 5:30 pm with a social hour and silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner and award ceremony. Tickets are $110 per person or $1000 for a table of 10. A variety of sponsorship and journal ad opportunities are available to recognize the 2016 Caritas award honorees.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Kristin Jensen, CCCSOC’s Director of Communications and Development, at 845.492.6331 or

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