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Catholic Charities Raises $142k, Announces Name Change - Hudson Valley News Network


Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County joined with more than 500 friends and supporters to mark the not-for-profit human service agency’s 10th anniversary.

The annual Celebration of Charity and Caritas Awards dinner, hosted at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, recognized the accomplishments of four community-minded honorees and raised $142,000 in much-needed funds to support Catholic Charities’ emergency food and shelter case management programs.

The evening’s festivities culminated with an announcement that the agency is changing its name to Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan. The name change reflects Catholic Charities expansion of services in Sullivan County over the past year, which began with assuming management of the former Recovery Center in Monticello at the request of New York State. A new contemporary logo, designed by AJ Ross Creative Media, was also unveiled to reflect the name change.

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. Recipients of the 2016 Caritas Awards were Most Rev. Dominick J. Lagonegro, Vicar of the Northern Vicariates of the Archdiocese of New York; Darcie M. Miller, LCSW-R, Commissioner, Orange County Department of Social Services, and Acting Commissioner, Orange County Department of Mental Health; Darrell Supak, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Granite Associates LP; and Ali Curtis and Family. Ali serves as Director of Catholic Charities’ Parish Outreach and Community Services program.

“We are delighted to mark Catholic Charities’ 10th anniversary by recognizing three individuals and a family that exemplify our commitment to building a compassionate and just society by serving others,” said Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan Counties. “Bishop Lagonegro, Commissioner Miller, Mr. Supak, and the Curtis family so completely embody our mission to provide help and create hope. It is our honor to present them with the 2016 Caritas Award – we are thankful for all that they do to make a positive difference in the lives of others,” added Dr. Scher.

All of the money raised from the dinner will be used to support Catholic Charities’ programs in Orange and Sullivan Counties. These programs include substance abuse treatment and prevention, case management, immigration services, a housing resource center, the resource exchange, and homeless services to name a few. Catholic Charities collaborates with parishes and non-Catholic partners and is dedicated to helping all people in need, regardless of religious affiliation.

“A decade ago Catholic Charities served about 3,000 people a year in Orange County; last year we served more than 30,000 people across two counties. It is thanks to the generous outpouring of support which we are so blessed to receive from our friends and neighbors, that we are able to grow and expand programs to serve the neediest in our communities,” said Susan Murray-Tetz, Board Chair. “We are so grateful to all those who played an important role in making our largest annual fundraiser a success.”

Catholic Charities board member Tom Urtz, Vice President of Operations for ShopRite Supermarkets, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Urtz also presented a check for $125,000 to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who accepted the donation on behalf of Catholic Charities. The funds were raised during Catholic Charities’ annual Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, during which 26 ShopRite stores collected donations of cash and non-perishable food during the month of January to help replenish local food pantries and soup kitchens, ensuring that hungry New Yorkers throughout the Hudson Valley had enough to eat during the most critical time of the year.  In 2016, Feeding Our Neighbors raised the equivalent of more than 1.5 million meals, supported in large part by cash donations along with food collected at ShopRite locations throughout the Hudson Valley.

To learn more about Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, visit

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