April 27-May 3,2006
By Claudia Mathis/ SUN staff writer
SUN photo(s) submitted
Six Community Leaders to be Honored by Catholic Charities
Six individuals who have made a significant difference in Central New York will be honored at the 21st annual House of Providence Dinner on May 24 at the OnCenter starting with a reception at 6 p.m. Fidelis Care of New York is sponsoring this event which recognizes individuals who define the best traits of Central New York citizenry.
This year’s honorees are Dr. Harold Wanamaker, Barbara Wanamaker, Dr. Hayes Wanamaker, Dr. John Wanamaker, Rev. Charles J. Beirne, SJ, and Jackie Coley.
The Wanamakers will receive the Humanitarian Services Medallion, which is a symbol of dedication to the Syracuse community. “We’re excited and humbled to be honored by Catholic Charities,” said Harold. “It’s such a wonderful organization — it does so many things that people aren’t even aware of.”
The Wanamaker family has played a leading role in bettering the lives of others through a multitude of civic pursuits. As a husband and wife team, Dr. Harold and Barbara Wanamaker have served on the boards of directors for the Syracuse Community Health Center, Syracuse Symphony and Upstate Medical University, among others. “We try to do what we can to give back to the community,” said Barbara. “We feel fortunate to be involved.”
Together, the Wanamakers have also served the Syracuse chapter of Habitat for Humanity. They recently co-chaired Syracuse Symphony’s “Raising the Roof” concert, which funded the building of a home for a Syracuse family. “Working with Habitat for Humanity has been very satisfying for us,” commented Barbara.
Dr. Wanamaker enjoys helping out in the community. “It gives us opportunities to meet wonderful people,” he said. The couple attributes their Christian upbringing to their involvement in the community. Barbara, a native of New Jersey, said her father influenced her when she was a child. She observed him as he developed the Community Chest charity organization in their community. The Wanamakers have passed on their enthusiastic spirit of continuing community service to their children over the years. Dr. Hayes Wanamaker, the eldest of the four Wanamaker children, has been a practicing otolaryngologist along with his younger brother, Dr. John Wanamaker, in the Syracuse area since the 1990’s. Interwoven throughout his medical and personal life is a strong belief in community service. Dr. Hayes Wanamaker has served on the Crouse Health Foundation Board of Directors for a decade and has been a member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors since 2000. In 1998, he received a “40 under 40 Leadership Greater Syracuse Award.” He has made significant contributions to improving the quality of health and life in the Syracuse community.
Dr. John Wanamaker joined the family practice in 1997 after completing a fellowship in head and neck surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. and an internship and residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, in Cleveland, Ohio. He has served on the board of directors in such organizations as the American Lung Association, Syracuse Medical Alumni, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Onondaga County Medical Society. Dr. Wanamaker has also assisted the Syracuse Symphony, the Crouse Health Foundation and the American Heart Association with special events. He currently serves as the chair of the WCNY Board of Trustees. As a volunteer instructor for Upstate Medical University, Dr. Wanamaker worked with first year medical students in the head and neck anatomy field. Awards and honors he has received include the “Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary” from the Syracuse Medical Alumni board, “40 under 40 Leadership Greater Syracuse Award” and “Best Doctors in America” honor from 1999 up to the present from the American Academy of Otolaryngology.
Jackie Coley, Social Notebook Editor for The Post Standard newspaper, will receive the President’s Medallion in honor of her immeasurable contributions to the community. Coley’s column, “Social Notebook,” explores and publicizes the needs and fundraising endeavors of human service, social service and cultural organizations. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her column.
Coley graduated from Most Holy Rosary School and attended Syracuse University. She began to contribute to her community when she served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. In the early 1970’s, Coley founded the Backstage Backers, a group of adults who advocate children’s growth and development through music, theater and the arts at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. The group has furthered the careers of young actors, singers and dancers by supporting their performances and awarding them scholarships.
Father Charles J. Beirne, SJ, will be presented with the Bishop’s Medallion, which recognizes his extreme selflessness in serving the community, living a life as a model of service to others, through his vocation and voluntary pursuits. At the top of his profession as an education administrator, Father Beirne was named the 11th president of Le Moyne College in 2000.
Ordained in 1969, Father Beirne has served as a priest for 37 years. This year, he will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a Jesuit. He holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago and has written books entitled Jesuit Education and Social Change in El Salvador:Libros de Texto en El Salvador and The Problem of Americanization in the Catholic Schools of Puerto Rico.