At the 2010 Spirit of Cabrini Awards Dinner presented by Cablevision, the Cabrini Mission Foundation (CMF) awarded the first ever Medal of Mother Cabrini to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, in front of a packed house of almost 400 guests at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, May 19th. “He is a real good person, we are honoring him tonight because he lives the Spirit of Mother Cabrini,” said Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC, Provincial.
His Eminence told the Currents News Show, “I find Mother Cabrini everywhere, I find her Sisters everywhere, and everywhere they are I salute the great work they do and the support the Cabrini Mission Foundation can bring them.”
Also honored with the Spirit of Cabrini Awards were Vincent Tese, long-time Cabrini Mission Foundation Board Member whose award was presented by the Dinner’s honorary Chairman and his friend, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.
The other Spirit of Cabrini Award recipient was Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who was recognized for his tireless efforts in improving Brooklyn’s economic, social and cultural interests, while promoting efforts to improve all Brooklynite’s quality of life.
Finally, the Scheetz family (Frederick, Nicholas, Raymond and Elizabeth) were awarded the prestigious Sr. Josephine Tsuei Award. Sr. Josephine Tsuei, MSC, was an extraordinary international missionary, health care administrator, educator and leader who carried forward the vision and legacy of Mother Cabrini. The award presented in her name is given to those who have had a profound impact on others through their involvement in Cabrini programs and institutions.
“This year’s honorees have walked in the footsteps of the MSCs and Mother Cabrini,” said Dan Rubino, CMF Board Chairman. “Their willingness to help others coincides with the mission of the Foundation, in helping the disadvantaged, in a society that is not always welcoming, and where needs are not always met,” Mr. Rubino said.
“I would like to congratulate this year’s award winners, and thank our sponsors, especially Cablevision, for their overwhelming generosity as this year’s Dinner raised nearly $400,000,” said Nick Vendikos, CMF President & CEO. “Such overwhelming generosity is indicative of the impact Mother Cabrini and her Sisters have on countless individuals,” he said.
The evening was emceed by legendary television journalist Jim Ryan, who kept everyone in the ballroom in great spirits throughout the night. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the New York Archdiocese, presented the Medal of Mother Cabrini along with Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC and several Missionary Sisters, gave the Invocation and Deacon Kevin McCormack, co-host of WABC Radio’s “Religion on the Line” offered the Benediction.
Also in attendance were previous Spirit of Cabrini Award winners Robert Catell (2000), Mike Hoffman (2007), as well as sports celebrities legendary Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady and the new St. John’s University coach Steve Lavin.
The Silent Auction which was during the cocktail hour, was filled with rare sports memorabilia, breath taking vacations, once in a life-time experiences, fine jewelry, as well as the opportunity to Sponsor a Child in need in the Philippines, Swaziland, Chicago and families right here in New York.
The 2011 Spirit of Cabrini Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, May 19th. Save the date, as we would love for all to attend and continue supporting CMF.
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