SOAR! held its 25th Annual SOAR! Award Dinner on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, at the New York Athletic Club in New York, N.Y. SOAR! was pleased to honor Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan with the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, and Sr. Rose Bernadette Gallagher, MM received the Father Victor Yanitelli, SJ Award.

For further information about the event, please contact SOAR!’s Special Event Coordinator, Sister Kate Clancy, IHM at 202.529.7627 or by email at kclancy@soar-usa.org.

Photos from the 2011 New York Award Dinner (Click thumbnails to enlarge):

Our 2011 New York Award Recipients

2011 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award Honoree: His Excellency, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

At the annual benefit dinners, SOAR! honors an individual who exemplifies Catholic values, shows leadership in the Church and community, expresses care and concern for consecrated religious men and women and lends support to SOAR! and Catholic organizations.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Timothy Michael Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009. He was installed as Archbishop of New York on April 15, 2009. Archbishop Dolan served as chairman of Catholic Relief Services from January 2009 – November 2010. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization. On June 29, 2009, Archbishop Dolan received the pallium, a symbol of his office as an archbishop, from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, at St. Peter’s Basilica. On November 16, 2010, Archbishop Dolan was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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2011 Father Victor Yanitelli, SJ Award Honoree: Sr. Rose Bernadette Gallagher, MM

Each year, SOAR! bestows the Father Victor Yanitelli, SJ Award upon an individual at the benefit dinner in New York. The Yanitelli Award is given to a senior man or woman religious who embodies the spirit of Father Victor Yanitelli. It has been said of Father Vic, that “he would never let us forget that our salvation is linked with our meeting the needs of others. He made God’s presence and love for each of us very real and believable. He brought out the best in us. At the center of his warmth and generous heart was his manifest care and concern for each individual person.”

Sister Rose Bernadette Gallagher, MM

Sr. Rose Bernadette Gallagher, MM has served abroad in China, Hong Kong,Thailand and most recently in Sudan. While abroad, she directed activities related to women’s empowerment, leadership training, youth formation, and safe shelter for troubled girls. She joined the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns’ staff in October 2006, with a focus on women and children’s issues. She is one of several Maryknoll representatives at the United Nations, and serves on committees with UNICEF, UNIFEM, and networks with many other groups promoting peace, justice, and equal opportunities for all.