By Mike Pimpinella
As May brought the warm weather, it also came to blossom with the 2011 Spirit of Cabrini Annual Awards Dinner. Held at the legendary Pierre Hotel, the Cabrini Mission Foundation awarded the Medal of Mother Cabrini Award to Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New York, in front of a packed house of nearly 400 guests on Wednesday May 19th. “The decision to present the Medal of Mother Cabrini to Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan was unanimous.
There is not one individual who has a more deep rooted sense of compassion for the immigrant population than him. His friendship to Cabrini is invaluable and he is a dear personal friend of mine for 30 years,” said Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC, Provincial.
Honored with the Spirit of Cabrini Award was one of Cabrini Mission Foundation’s newest board members William P. Penders, Senior Vice President of R.R. Donnelley Financial Services Group. Mr. Penders has a deep sense of devotion to making his community a better place whether it’s through his work with his local parish Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, NJ; his high school alma mater Seton Hall Prep or his college alma mater Fordham University.
Finally, Cabrini College was awarded the prestigious Sr. Josephine Tsuei Award.
Sr. Josephine Tsuei will always be remembered as someone who taught all those she came in contact with how to love and show an undaunted faith and constant hope. Cabrini College starts with the premise that students have the ability to do something extraordinary with their lives through an education dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice.” said Sr. Catherine Garry, who presented the award to Cabrini College President Dr. Marie George.
This year’s honorees have walked in the footsteps of Mother Cabrini and the MSCs. 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.
“We are so appreciative to the Sisters, our Board and Dinner Committee, and especially our honorees for making this year’s Dinner an incredible success,” said President & CEO Nick Vendikos. “They are certainly worthy of the accolades they have received.”
The Dinner was again graced by New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who gave the Invocation as well as presented the medal of Mother Cabrini to Bishop Sullivan along with Sr. Pietrina. World-famous violinist Gregory Harrington, who added to an incredible evening with his renditions of At Last and Amazing Grace.
Special thanks goes to Dinner Committee Chairman (and CMF Chairman as well, Dan Rubino), and the Dinner Committee for their tireless efforts.