2015 New York City Awards Dinner
October 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
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SOAR! held its 2015 New York City Annual Awards Dinner benefiting the aged and infirm religious on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. To read more about the event and view photos, click here.
Msgr. Kevin Sullivan
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Msgr. Kevin Sullivan was born in the Bronx and raised in Yonkers, New York. After studying at Cathedral College and St. Joseph’s Seminary, he was ordained in 1976 by Terrance Cardinal Cooke. Since then he has completed advanced degrees at Columbia University and New York University and frequently teaches courses in nonprofit management at Notre Dame and New York University.
During the 1970s and 1980s while serving as a parish priest at St. Elizabeth’s Church in New York, he co-founded the Washington Heights-Inwood coalition and Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, two neighborhood development organizations that continue to thrive. He was a board member of numerous healthcare organizations, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, the Carmel Richmond Housing Corporation and the St. Vincent de Paul Residence.
Since 2001, Msgr. Sullivan has served as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Catholic Charities is a federation of more than 90 human service agencies that provide help and create hope for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in need-non-Catholic and Catholics alike-throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York. He represents the Catholic Charities agencies in public policy discussions about issues such as immigration, welfare reform, job development and foster care. Prior to his appointment, he served as Chief Operating Officer for five years, and in other leadership positions for more than 17 years. Monsignor Sullivan served as a member of the NY City Council Commission on the Homeless, the Public Policy Committee of the NY State Catholic Conference, and has provided expert testimony about human service issues before Congressional committees. Following 9/11, as Chair of the 9/11 United Services Group, led the coordinated assistance to victims by NY charities. He now chairs the Disaster Preparedness Division of the NY Human Services Council, of which he is Vice-Chair. In addition he is a member of the Commission of Religious Leaders, an interfaith organization committed to the healing, reconciliation and solidarity of the diverse communities of New York City.
Sister Margaret McDermott, OP
Tolentine-Zeiser Community Life Center
Sister Margaret McDermott is the founder and Executive Director of the Tolentine –Zeiser Community Life Center which started as a senior center in the basement of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in the Bronx, New York. Today, Tolentine-Zeiser is a multi-service agency that serves more than 2000 people daily.
A Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, Sister Margaret grew up in the Tolentine Parish where she has ministered for 37 years. One of six children, she loved the Dominican Sisters who taught her. She entered the Dominican Congregation in 1964 and taught school for 11 years before pursuing other interests. A desire to help people help themselves brought her to her home parish in 1979 where she received permission to begin a senior center. With the help of a United Way grant and under the aegis of the Department of Aging, the Tolentine-Zeiser Senior Center opened in 1980. It was followed by a day care center for children aged 3-5, Sienna House shelter for homeless pregnant women, Paradise Housing residential program for people living with AIDS, a youth center, summer day camp and food pantry. In its 37 year existence, Tolentine has expanded its constellation of services to also include St. Rita’s Center for immigration and refugee services. With employees numbering over 100, Sister Margaret credits her staff for the success of the Tolentine-Ziser programs. Most are neighborhood residents and despite low salaries, like Margaret, they are dedicated to helping people help themselves.
From the early days of the founding of SOAR!, partners of Deloitte have made significant contributions to the mission and work of SOAR! by serving as members of the board of directors or as members of the New York dinner planning committee. Deloitte’s culture of philanthropy and giving is evident by the firm’s support of the New York dinner each year. Retired partners and current employees at Deloitte sit at the firm’s company sponsored tables at the annual event. Henry Ferrero, Joe Delaney, Bill Ehrhardt and Mike Castellano are just a few of the people with a Deloitte connection who have generously shared their expertise, talent and wisdom with SOAR!
The firm encourages volunteerism and community involvement at regional “Impact Days” held each year, during which tens of thousands of Deloitte personnel volunteer at over 800 community service projects in more than 70 communities nationwide. Activities in the New York and DC regions include painting at the Catholic Guardian Services’ Parenting Resource Center in the Bronx, assisted with English language training at the Catholic Charities New International Center, interview preparation assistance at Alianza Division in Washington Heights, and serving food at the Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Center in Harlem. In honor of their commitment to the work and mission of Catholic Charities, Deloitte received the 2011 Voice of Hope Award from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
To read more about the event and view photos, click here.