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Three Honored for Community Service - Hudson Valley News Network

POUGHKEEPSIE – Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County celebrated the spirit of service in the community at their inaugural Spirit of Service Awards Dinner fundraiser hosted at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls recently. More than $56,000 was raised to help Catholic Charities continue to provide quality human service programs that touch almost every human need.

225 guests, volunteers, and staff joined together to recognize 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, Mr. Les McCarthy, past president of the Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley, recipient of the Light of Hope award, and IBM, represented by Ms. Sheila Appel, IBM’s US Regional Director for Corporate Citizenship Initiatives, recipient of 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. “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,” added Mary.

The night’s program was emceed by Joe Daily of Litefm 92.1, and Jeanmarie Garofolo opened the program with a powerful 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. IBM and Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York were Platinum level event sponsors and Marist College was a Gold level sponsor.

For more information about Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County, visit them online at or contact Kim Whelly at (845) 452.1400 x 4263.

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