Giving Back

Oct. 13-19, 2005
Giving Back
By Staff Report
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and Toomey Residential and Community Services are proud to announce those who will be honored at the 2005 Annual Monsignor Charles J. Brady Awards. The awards will be presented at the annual meeting of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County on Monday, October 17th, at the Empire Room at the State Fairgrounds beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The awards are presented annually in memory of Monsignor Charles Brady, who was known for his dedication and advocacy for people in the Syracuse community. Recipients are selected on the basis of humanitarian concern for others, leadership, creativity and responsiveness to individual and community needs.

Lois Benevento will receive the Monsignor Charles J. Brady Award in recognition of her lifetime of extraordinary contributions in human service for the Syracuse community. A retired rehabilitation counselor, Ms. Benevento is a dedicated volunteer in Catholic Charities’ Jail Ministry program where she devotes eight hours a day counseling inmates as they deal with the personal challenges of substance abuse. Ms. Benevento lives in Syracuse with her husband Philip and their two sons.

The Bernard J. Lawler Leadership Award will be given to Monsignor Charles Fahey for his dedication to public service, leadership, courage and compassion through contributions to the community. He is the former Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities, and has been an active leader in the field of aging, at the local, state, national and international levels.

County legislator and Catholic Charities Board Member James Farrell, will be recognized for his exemplary spirit of public service in the community by receiving the Community Service Award. A former mayor of Liverpool, Mr. Farrell is the owner of Pella Windows of CNY and selflessly devotes his time and resources to help Catholic Charities and numerous other area non-for-profit and civic organizations. He lives in Liverpool with his wife Christine and their three children.

For his continuous dedication to volunteer service to Catholic Charities, R. Michael Campbell of Mackenzie Hughes will be honored with the Volunteer Service Award. Mr. Campbell is an enthusiastic member of the House of Providence Dinner Committee and gives good naturedly of his time to help Catholic Charities. Mike grew up in the Valley section and he and his wife Sharon have 7 children and 9 grandchildren.

St. Agnes Parish in Brewerton will be honored with the Parish Service Award for demonstrating continued outreach services within the community. The goal of the St. Agnes Parish members is to reach out and help all community members who may be in need of assistance. Their food pantry feeds approximately 500 people each year and at Christmastime the parish provides gifts and food baskets for about 50 children.

Tammie Castleman will receive the C. Walter Driscoll Award, for her exemplary dedication and commitment to the mission of the Agency. Ms. Castleman, who is observing her seventh year at Catholic Charities, is an accounts payable specialist in the Finance Department. Ms. Castleman lives in Central Square with her husband and two sons.

Other honorees include those at Catholic Charities and Toomey Residential and Community Services who have reached career milestones in commitment to service:

30 Years of Service:

Mary King — Northside CYO.

20 Years of Service:

Michael Costa — Toomey Residential and Community Services.

10 Years of Service:

William Cuddy — Jail Ministry Bail Expeditor, Andy An Tran — Northside CYO and Robert “Kip” Hargrave — Northside CYO

For more information, please contact Barb Czarnecki in the Office of Development and Public Relations at 362-7526.
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is one of the area’s leading not-for-profit human service agencies providing compassionate care and advocacy for all people in need, regardless of faith or ethnicity. Incorporated in 1923, Catholic Charities today improves the lives of more than 16,000 families in Onondaga County each year. Programs and services focus on children and families, at-risk youth, people who are older as well as disadvantaged, addicted and/or developmentally disabled individuals. One of the top 50 employers in Syracuse, Catholic Charities has more than 500 dedicated employees, who are supported by scores of volunteers.

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