Submitted by Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

SYRACUSE — Catholic Charities honored three community leaders at the annual House of Providence Dinner held May 18. More than 550 people attended the event at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter. The honorees were James and Christine Fantasia Connors of Fayetteville and Maureen McCarthy Tracy of Marcellus. The event raises important funds for Catholic Charities’ programs.

James and Christine Fantasia Connors received the Humanitarian Service Award. This award honors individuals who dedicate their professional and personal lives to the service of others. James Connors is the founder of Emerald Resources, Inc. The Connors’ decades of service include involvement with Francis House, the Ronald McDonald House, Immaculate Conception Church, and Le Moyne College, among others.

Maureen McCarthy Tracy received the President’s Award, which honors individuals who are devoted to the betterment of the human condition and demonstrate vision and leadership in their contributions. Tracy’s service includes the American Red Cross of CNY, Leadership Greater Syracuse, McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center, OHA’s “Forever Hotel Syracuse” dinner, American Heart Association, and more.

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County helps people in need regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, or nationality. Over 19,000 Syracuse-area people are assisted annually. Proceeds from the annual House of Providence Dinner will be used wherever need is greatest.

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