On December 8, 2014, I was blessed to be among the more than 1,000 attendees of the 69th Annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The luncheon has become a famed holiday affair where generous New Yorkers come together to benefit women and children served by the agencies and programs affiliated with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Good Counsel is grateful to be one of the many recipients of this annual outpouring of support.
This year’s luncheon was even more poignant as one of the honorees, Ana Laffont, Chairperson of the Board of Mary’s Meals, USA, a non-profit organization that provides meals for poverty-stricken children from around the world, was presented with the “Christmas Angel” award by Cardinal Dolan for her tireless work and outreach to the least among us.
I was especially touched when Ms. Laffont mentioned Good Counsel in her acceptance speech as she had visited our Bronx Home in the past. Ms. Laffont was impressed and moved by our mission and ministry of helping homeless, pregnant women and children who have nowhere else to go.
Congratulations, Ana, on your award! We hope to have you back at one of our homes soon! God bless you!
Visit Crosstreets, the Official Blog of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York to see a slideshow from the luncheon.
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