Ringing in the Holidays at the Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Singing with Angels & Awardees

What a way to ring in the holidays: the 73rd Annual Christmas Luncheon held last Thursday, December 6, at the New York Hilton Midtown ornamented with a menagerie of Christmas trees just a few blocks north of Rockefeller Center’s 72-foot Norway spruce.

Hundreds of dynamic New Yorkers mingled and dined at red-clothed tables decked with roses and holly.  They sang along as Catholic school children and professionals serenaded them with Christmas carols.  And they cheered as some of the most generous received awards for their significant contributions that help Catholic Charities serve New Yorkers in need.

Standing in front of a huge photo of one of the hundreds of separated immigrant children the agency has helped, Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan introduced the honorees.

Then Christmas Angel awardee, TV host and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich took the stage and stole the show.  She shared how she, as a young girl living in Italy under Communist rule, once counted herself among the separated immigrant youth.  Catholic Charities helped bring her here, found her parents jobs and helped her family settle into their new homeland.  (Stay tuned for more straight from Lidia in an upcoming blog post.)

Fellow awardees equally devoted to Catholic Charities were Catherine and Christopher Kinney, recipients of the Spirit of Saint Nicholas Award. Ms. Kinney serves as chair of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors and, among her many distinctions, is retired president and co-chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange. Her husband, Mr. Kinney spent his career in investment management.

In collaboration with the Ladies of Charity, the annual luncheon convened New Yorkers from the worlds of business, philanthropy, culture, fashion, law, media, politics and religion who share a deep concern for the women and children served by agencies and programs affiliated with Catholic Charities.

Rosanna Scotto, Co-host for WNYW Fox 5’s Good Day New York, served as Emcee.  Metropolitan Opera Soprano Amanda performed for guests as did Saint Raymond School Chorus students decked in red robes.  There was even a performance of the Christmas tableau thanks to a performance by young students from Saint John Chrysostom School.

Check out this special event and find  friends, family and New Yorkers you want to know on this FB album of the event

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