WASHINGTON — At an awards dinner in New York on September 18, SOAR! — Support Our Aging Religious —honored Father Edwin Leahy, O.S.B.; Sister Gerardine Mueller, OP; and the Notre Dame Clubs of the Archdiocese of New York.

The gala, held at the New York Athletic Club, is a major fundraiser for SOAR!, which provides grants to religious congregations to meet the immediate needs of their retired and infirm members.

“We are so grateful for the goodwill and generosity of our dinner guests,” said Stephanie Marantonio, a partner of Crowell & Moring, one of the chairpersons of the event. “Their contributions make it possible to provide the much needed support to the aging Catholic religious Sisters, Brothers, and Priests who have made and who continue to make a significant impact on the lives of the people they serve.”

Each year at the dinner, SOAR! recognizes organizations and individuals for their leadership and contributions to the Catholic community.

Father Edwin Leahy is the headmaster of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey, a school that reopened under his direction after it closed in 1972. Throughout his career, Father Ed has been recognized for his dedication in working directly with students and marshalling community support.

Sister Gerardine Mueller, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey, is a former educator and lifelong artist. Her range of work includes calligraphy and illumination, printmaking, wood carving, sculpture, pottery, silversmithing, glass etching and stained glass. Her work can be found throughout Caldwell University, in the Motherhouse and buildings of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, in private collections and in Latin America.

The Notre Dame Clubs of New York City, Mid-Hudson Valley and Staten Island bring positive change throughout their communities. They are involved in a number of charitable initiatives, including supporting the homeless and organizing food drives.