Episcopal Charities’ 2016 Tribute Dinner, held November 10, honored Richard L. Chilton, Jr., Founder and Chairman of Chilton Investments and Mary Kate Wold, CEO and President of the Church Pension Group. Approximately 650 guests gathered in the magnificent Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for an event that raised more than $1.1 million, the proceeds of which will fund outreach programs across the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Chilton was recognized for his service within the financial services community, his dedication to educational, arts, and historic preservation institutions, and his work to end poverty. Ms. Wold was honored for her efforts on behalf of clergy and lay employees throughout the Episcopal Church as well as her service to the nation within the Department of the Treasury and as a lay leader within her parishes.
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Left to Right: Richard L. Chilton, Jr., Mary Kate Wold, The Rt. Rev. Andrew M L Dietsche, John G. Talty
Accepting his award, Richard Chilton said, “Thanks. That’s a priceless word for me. I’ve been incredibly blessed in my life . . . I’ve been a lucky man – or as my faith teaches me to acknowledge, I’ve been blessed. And at this point in my life I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the gifts I’ve been given – and, really, it’s all one big gift, life is.”
Mary Kate Wold encouraged attendees to visit “one of the many wonderful programs” supported by Episcopal Charities. “You already have been abundantly generous with your presence here this evening,” she continued, “but I guarantee that your visit to one of these programs will inspire you to become even more involved with this truly life-changing organization.”[hover_pack img=”http://episcopalcharities-newyork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/KF_161110_143.jpg” link=”http://episcopalcharities-newyork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/KF_161110_143.jpg” width=”3600″ height=”2400″ effect=”none”]
The evening also featured a talk by Beatrice Miller and Minnie Tomlinson, longtime friends who grew up attending the Brighter Futures Summer Camp and Mentoring Program run by Lifting Up Westchester and founded by Grace Church, White Plains. Accompanied by their beloved program director Eileen Torres, they shared their personal stories of overcoming homelessness, poverty, and the intergenerational cycle of addiction.
“My youngest childhood memory is being woken up at 4 am with the cops banging on my door coming to get my father,” said Beatrice. “At a very young age I was exposed to things most couldn’t imagine. I remember being made fun of in school because my brothers and I didn’t have what other kids had. But the one thing I did have that they didn’t have was Grace Church Community Center, now known as Lifting Up Westchester.”
Minnie echoed her friend’s appreciation, saying “The entire program played a major part in my life. It showed me that my parents’ drug addiction and poverty isn’t my story. The mentoring program helped and pushed me to attend college. Even though I haven’t finished yet, I know the support and help from the mentors is what got me there in the first place.”
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Choristers from the Saint Thomas Choir School entertained guests with a selection of hymns and songs. Four students currently attending the prestigious school on scholarships came from a music program for disadvantaged children supported by Episcopal Charities.
John Talty, President of Episcopal Charities’ Board of Directors, thanked guests for their support. “Our enjoyment of the evening is surpassed by what it really achieved – more help for those less fortunate.”