Nearly 700 guests gathered at the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Wednesday, December 2 for our annual Tribute Dinner. The event has raised almost $1.2 million, surpassing all previous revenue records. This year’s event honored Jeffrey M. Peek, Executive Vice Chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Anthony J. Walton at Standard Chartered Bank. Proceeds will be distributed to outreach programs affiliated with churches around the diocese.
Churches from as far north as Dutchess County came to the Cathedral to celebrate. “One aspect of the dinner that we are very pleased with is that parishes or groups of parishioners are coming together to buy tables,” said Executive Director Mary Beth Sasso.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for your support,” Jeff Peek said in his address, “and ask that each of us keeps in mind the powerful impact we could have by helping others.”
The evening also featured a talk by an alumnus of the after school and summer program funded by Episcopal Charities and affiliated with St. Ann’s Church of Morrisania in Mott Haven. Edgar Palacios stressed the importance of the hope St. Ann’s provides to children growing up in a neighborhood, “plagued by drugs, crime, violence, and poverty” and providing him with the support he needed to earn a college degree and begin a career in social work. Click here to watch a video of his talk.
Singers from Young at Arts, a children’s arts program affiliated with Christ Church Bronxville and working with children from Mt. Vernon and Eastchester, entertained guests with a medley of songs echoing the themes of hope and the importance of cross-cultural understanding in a world divided by intolerance and fear. This program has been supported by Episcopal Charities since Young at Arts was founded.
John Talty, President of Episcopal Charities’ Board of Directors reminded everyone of the evening’s purpose, “In the end it is all about providing more help for those in need.”