Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County hosted their annual “Spirit of Service” dinner on June 8th at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. With more than 225 people in attendance and a large selection of auction items and raffle prizes, the dinner raised more than $63,000 for the benefit of the organization’s various human service programs.

In 2016 Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess provided $50,290 in emergency relief to families and individuals to prevent evictions, stop utility shut offs and other emergencies. They also worked with 1,736 households to help resolve crises, provide assistance with budget stretching supports including food stamps and Medicaid and offer critical information, guidance and referrals to local organizations.

During the dinner, The Humanitarian Award was presented to Father Richard LaMorte. The Light of Hope Award was presented to Elizabeth “Betty” Mylod Wolf and the Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union received the Corporate Citizenship Award. Joe Daily of LiteFM 92.1 returned as the engaging emcee for the evening.

Major sponsors for the event included Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, IBM, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal credit Union, Marist College, Paggi Engineering, St. Martin De Porres Parish, Rose & Kiernan Insurance, Fidelis Care, Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Mary Westermann.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County helps solve the problems of local individuals in need: the neglected child, the homeless family, the newly arrived immigrant or refugee, the hungry senior, or the newly unemployed for non-Catholics and Catholics alike. CCCSDC is a resource for needy families and individuals in Dutchess County, offering a wide array of free and professionally administered direct services to county residents at their main office in downtown Poughkeepsie and throughout the county. For more information call 845-452-1400.

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Front Row:
Fr. Kent Wilson
Mary Sontheimer
Fr. Richard LaMorte
Elizabeth “Betty” Wolf
Carol Quaid

Back Row:
Elizabeth M. Wolf
Mary Marshall
Dr. Roy Merolli
Melissa Walsh
George Metz
Fr. Michael McLoughlin