Paul Ryan Preps for Al Smith Dinner with Tour of NY Foundling

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Dinner Raises Funds for Children in Need

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan joined Cardinal Dolan for a tour of Catholic Charities affiliate, the New York Foundling, before taking the stage at the Al Smith dinner in New York City on October 19.

“Cardinal Dolan brought me over to The Foundling, where they are just doing incredible work to help underserved families rebuild their lives, to reclaim a greater sense of dignity and hope,” Speaker Ryan told the audience.

On the frontlines helping Puerto Ricans rebuild through their HeadStart programs throughout the island, New York Foundling services include child day care, residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities, foster care, group residences for teens, maternity, family reunification, adoption and prevention services.

The Al Smith Dinner, famed for its spicy mix of politics and parody, for us at Catholic Charities, is valued most for its help supporting the neediest children of the Archdiocese of New York.  This white-tie affair, this year held  at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, is populated by the nation’s movers and shakers is named in honor of Al Smith, the first Roman Catholic presidential candidate.

Funds raised at the dinner, says the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, focus on “areas of greatest need with the highest potential for positive impact.” Specifically, this 72nd annual dinner, like the ones before it, raises money for children in need, regardless of race or religion, served by Catholic Charities as well as schools and health services throughout the archdiocese.

Through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and many others, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has met basic human needs, particularly of the poor and vulnerable among us, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, always with dignity and compassion. Your gift helps us continue our critical work.

Catholic Charities gratefully acknowledges the Al Smith dinner and its foundation for providing grants to so many of our Catholic Charities NY affiliates this year including:

  • Astor Service for Children and Families
  • Cardinal McCloskey Community Services
  • Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers
  • Catholic Guardian Services
  • Good Counsel Homes
  • Good Shepherd Services
  • Incarnation Children’s Center
  • Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service
  • Pregnancy Care Center
  • St. Dominic’s Home

“We can achieve so much, and we can achieve so much when we tackle poverty eye to eye, soul to soul, person to person,” Speaker Ryan said. “As Catholics, we call this solidarity and subsidiarity.”


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