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Danya Katok, vocalist; Michael Sheetz, piano
Danya Katok, Michael Sheetz, and percussionist Joseph Tompkins performed a Caritas Concert on September 26, 2018 at St. Ignatius Loyola's Wallace Hall. Directed by award-winning director Dewey Moss, "I Wish It So" was the moving musical story of Danya's journey to motherhood and included songs by Marc Blizstein, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Randy Newman, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken & Tim Rice, and more.
100% of the proceeds will go directly to Mercy Center. We thank everyone who made this event possible and everyone who supported it by buying tickets, making donations, and spreading the word!
Mercy Center Board member, volunteer ESOL instructor, Gala chair, and St. Ignatius Loyola parishioner Kathryne Lyons spoke eloquently at intermission about her 13-year relationship with Mercy Center.
Our Mercy Center table
Golf and Tennis Classic 2018
On Friday, September 14, 2018 Mercy Center hosted our annual Golf and Tennis Classic at Leewood Golf Club. It was a perfect day for this outdoor event, mid-70s with cloud coverage but no rain. A shotgun start followed an early morning breakfast. After 18 rounds of golf, everyone gathered for a mouth-watering barbecue lunch and freshly made pizza, and we held our raffle drawings. Many golfers left already talking about building the event up even more for next year! Proceeds will support Mercy Center programs and services.
We thank everyone who supported the event, particularly our sponsors:
Sean and Mary Davey
James Moye, Morgan Stanley
Yankees Suite Fundraiser
On Wednesday, August 29, 2018 friends and supporters watched the Yankees play the Chicago White Sox from a deluxe Party City Party Suite in the stadium. They enjoyed food, drinks, air conditioning on a blisteringly hot evening, and made our auction of Yankees sports memorabilia a success!
Proceeds will benefit Mercy Center programs and services. We thank all of our supporters, especially our sponsors - Sean and Mary Davey, George Grace, and Waldorf Risk Solutions.
Remembering Mary Ann Dirr, RSM
Mercy Center lost its founder. After a brief passage through hospice, Sister Mary Ann Dirr passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Those who have come to know and love Sister Mary Ann remember her as a true woman of Mercy. She was an advocate for those less fortunate, the poor, the disenfranchised, those victimized by violence, immigrants in a foreign land – women, families, anyone and everyone in need.
In spite of illnesses over the years, Sister Mary Ann remained strong and continued to be active in her work as an educator and counselor. After teaching Mathematics in high school and college, Sister Mary Ann became a pastoral associate at St. Pius V Parish in the South Bronx. In 1990 she became a counselor for the mothers of the children in the parish school, and this was the beginning of Mercy Center.
She made it her life’s mission to help women recognize the power they have to change their lives. In establishing Mercy Center, she found the ways to make this happen, creating programs and providing services to those who needed them. It brought her great joy to see the growth and strength of so many women over the years. Those who began working with Sister Mary Ann, and those who continue her work today, are living tributes to her commitment to and solidarity with the Sisters of Mercy.
The strong sense of community that exists at Mercy Center today is built on the foundation Sister Mary Ann laid and nurtured for almost thirty years. Working with so many volunteers, donors and funders, Sister Mary Ann knew how to get the job done. Her leadership of the capital campaign and subsequent building of Mercy Center enabled her work with immigrants to be continued a few blocks from the school where it all began. That work continues today with the same spirit and dedication that has become her legacy.
Mercy Center remains grateful for Sister Mary Ann Dirr’s vision and years of devoted service. We hold in prayer her family and friends, especially Sister Mary Galeone and Joe Dirr.
Mercy Center Transforming Lives Gala
We want to thank EVERYONE who supported Mercy Center’s Transforming Lives Gala held on March 15, 2018 at 583 Park by attending, donating funds or auction items, spreading the word, and/or wishing us well. The evening was a great success! We are grateful for the support of our work with immigrants and new Americans.
Honoree Jim Corcoran with his wife Maria
Honorees Mary and Sean Davey
Honoree Dr. Leticia Gonzalez
We thank our amazing emcee, Frank DiLella, our outstanding honorees, Mary and Sean Davey, Jim Corcoran, and Dr. Leticia Gonzalez, our fabulous Gala Chair, Kathryne Lyons and the dedicated committee who supported her, our Board of Directors, our participant speaker Isela Herrera, and our faithful honorary chairs, Steve and Shari Coats and George Grace. Each contributed greatly to the specialness of the event.
We thank our sponsors: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; The Bessent-Freeman Family; Fiduciary Trust; Kaplan & Company, LLP; Joan Kedziora, MD; Vinson & Elkins; Catholic Charities; Mary Anne and Edward McTiernan; Blanca Cofino; and Nicole Perez.
We invite you to view photos of the event. We hope to build on the success of the Gala and continue to grow our Circle of Mercy. On behalf of everyone at Mercy Center, especially our participants who benefit directly, thank you.
Below is the Transforming Lives Gala Presentation. Thank you to all of our supporters!