Thursday, April 15 @ 7pm

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Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster’s 15th annual Celebration of Charity will be a Virtual Event. 

We hope that you’ll join us on the evening of Thursday, April 15 to celebrate Catholic Charities’ Community Champions – 21 community members who embody Catholic Charities’ mission to provide help and create hope – a mission that resonates now more than ever. We also will be celebrating our Catholic Charities’ team and their work to help our neighbors who are struggling.

Please Join Us in Congratulating the 2021 Charities’ Community Champions! 

Orange County

– Michele McKeon – RECAP, COO
– Rosanne Gesztesi – Garnet Health, Respiratory Therapist
– Beth Maas – Florida Food Pantry, Director
– Sarah Lyons – Valley View, Certified Nursing Assistant
– Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega – Dr. MWV & Associates, Social Worker
– Jennifer Grismer – Port Jervis HS, Social Worker
– Cynthia James – Comfort Children Ministry Int’l, Executive Director
– Jason Knudsen – ShopRite Montgomery, Manager
– Colin Jarvis – Newburgh Ministry, Executive Director
– Erika Cox – Bon Secours Hospital/ICU Dept. – Registered Nurse

Sullivan County

– George Billard – Barryville Farmers Market, Treasurer/Volunteer
– Vanessa Petrossian – Cornell Coop Extension, Ag Market Manager
– Elaine Williams – NAACP Sullivan County, Secretary
– Anastasija Ocheretina – A Single Bite, Program Manager
– Amanda Langseder – Sullivan 180, Executive Director

Ulster County

– Chief Kyle Berardi – Town of Ulster Police Chief
– Steve Petersen – Ulster County Emergency Management, Director (retired)
– Ann Mattracion – Ellenville Elementary, Kindergarten Teacher
– Michael Green – Health Alliance HV, Registered Nurse
– Shelly Forster – Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative


– Sgt. Julio Fernandez – National Guard Counter Drug Task Force

These honorees embody the spirit of our mission and believe, as we do, that our community benefits when we work together.

Catholic Charities serves a fragile population. Many were already struggling before the pandemic. We are delivering meals to the homebound, providing shelter for the homeless, and helping those in crowded living situations find healthier housing arrangements. We are making sure families have supplies to care for their babies. We are ensuring that individuals working toward recovery have the support and safety they require. We are providing counseling to those who are having difficulty coping with the anxiety caused by Coronavirus-related issues.

We are exceptionally proud of the frontline heroes who have dedicated themselves to the most vulnerable in our community.

The Celebration is Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster’s largest annual fundraiser – and this year, the most important.  The requests for assistance are mounting and expected to continue as we feel the aftereffects of the pandemic.

If you are able, please consider giving generously to help those who are less fortunate.

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