November 5, 2014
Catholic Guardian Services held its 29th Annual Child of Peace Award Dinner on October 28th, 2014 at the University Club in Manhattan. The Award recipients were Mr. John K. Castle, Chairman and CEO of Castle Harlan, who received the Child of Peace Award and the Carmelite Sisters of Mary Manning Walsh who received the Rosalie Cadron-Jetté Award.
The Child of Peace Award is given to a recognized leader who brings peace and comfort to others in need. Mr. Castle is a successful business man who leads Castle Harlan, a private bank with more than 42,000 employees. In addition, Mr. Castle is a philanthropist and serves on numerous not for profit boards. His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan introduced Mr. Castle and in his remarks noted that “Mr. Castle is a leader and a friend”.
The Rosalie Cadron-Jetté Award is granted to an individual or individuals to acknowledge their courage and compassion. The Carmelite Sisters of Mary Manning Walsh are known for their compassionate and quality care for the aged and infirm, as is Catholic Guardian Services in its care of the elderly with developmental disabilities. The Sisters oversee and run the Mary Manning Walsh Home which provides residential and short-term rehabilitation care to the elderly.
The dinner raised more than $440,000, a record for Catholic Guardian Services, and more than 325 people attended. The funds raised support CGS’ maternity, child abuse and neglect prevention, foster care and developmental disabilities services. There are over two thousand people served each day by Catholic Guardian Services.
The Co-Chairs were Mrs. Ann Mara, Mary Higgins Clark and Dr. John Connolly. Marcus Solis, WABC reporter, was the emcee for the evening.
Catholic Guardian Services (CGS), founded in 1899, is one of the largest social service agencies in the state. CGS is a sophisticated human services non-profit organization with programs that respond to the most vulnerable people in the New York City metropolitan area. Our mission is to protect and nurture disadvantaged children and individuals with disabilities, to increase their prospects for self-sufficiency, to strengthen the family structures integral to their support, and to continually adapt our responses to their ever-changing needs.
Catholic Guardian Services’ programs and services are delivered in partnerships with affiliates within the Archdiocese of New York, New York City and State governments, education agencies, foundations, corporations, policymakers, advocacy groups and others also committed to the well-being of those entrusted to our care.