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Catholic Renewal Takes a Stand for the Hungry


L-R: Susheel Kirpalani of Quinn Emanuel, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan Execitive Director of Catholic Charities NY, Lisa Donahue of Alix Partners

By Jim Sliney Jr.

On September 16th Catholic Renewal held a fall reception at the New York Athletic Club. The event celebrated members of the Catholic Renewal organization particularly, Lisa Donahue of Alix Partners and Susheel Kirpalani of Quinn Emanuel, who each received the Saint Francis Service Award for displaying an exceptional standard of selfless integrity, humility and charity.

Catholic Renewal is an organization made up of professionals in the corporate restructuring industry who have committed themselves to providing charitable assistance to the needy. They provide food and support to New York’s families in need, regardless of faith.

The ballroom at the NY Athletic Club was filled with nearly 500 industry professionals, all gathered for the singular purpose of spreading philanthropy and supporting hungry New Yorkers. Funds were raised and donations given, and in the end, generous amounts of food donations will end up in the hands of those in need, distributed through the capable hands of the Catholic Charities’ Feeding our Neighbors program. 

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan joined in the celebration and thanked Catholic Renewal for their generosity and commitment. Catholic Charities of New York Trustees, Pat Nash of Kirkland & Ellis, and Barry Ridings of Lazard Freres & Co were among notable attendees, along with many supporters.

Carolyn Koleszar, manager of Catholic Renewal and Catholic Charities of New York’s assistant director of special events said, the theme of the evening was “community.” Practicing law is often considered a very lonely profession, a sentiment echoed by honoree Susheel Kirpalani. But being a part of a charitable organization like Catholic Renewal brings a sense of collaboration through common good works. And certainly, the people who benefit from Catholic Renewal’s generosity would agree.

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