On Friday, October 4th, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement will hold their 26th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, where over two hundred and fifty guests will be in attendance. The dinner honors individuals who exemplify the Friars’ charism of unity and At-One-Ment and who demonstrate the Franciscan spirit in their lives, serving humanity through their commitment of time, talents and resources. This annual event raises funds to support the mission and global ministries of the Friars. Best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark is honorary co-chair of the dinner, along with Mrs. Valerie Mastronardi.
Robert & Mary Fink and the Gift of Hope Foundation are receiving the Graymoor Sharing Hope Award for their years of dedication to the non-profit mental health and substance abuse community, and also for their philanthropy in sustaining Catholic education and Catholic organizations, including the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Their work, which is an inspiration to others, exemplifies not only our charism and Franciscan mission of sharing hope, but also the strong moral values and foundation of our Catholic faith. Robert & Mary are examples of being open to and sharing God’s blessings with those in need.
Michael & Annette Feierman are receiving the Graymoor Award for their support of many civic and philanthropic organizations, most recently including Kiwanis International’s efforts to eradicate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus through the developing world (MNT) and Part of the Solution (POTS), a Bronx-based social agency providing food and meals and other critical support services to those in need. Michael is General Counsel of Teacher’s College, Columbia University, an institution dedicated to social justice and developing new ideas, practices and fields of inquiry in education, psychology and health. Annette is a dedicated nurse providing quality and compassionate direct care of hospice and palliative care patients at home and in facilities. In the Atonement tradition, Michael & Annette have brought hope and comfort to those who have little or none.
Constance Cincotta will also receive the Graymoor Award for her work with many civic and charitable organizations, including the Marion & Joseph Cincotta Kitchen of Interfaith Nutrition Network which feeds and houses the hungry and homeless in Long Island. Not only has her commitment to ongoing learning and professional development helped those at her companies further their careers, but Connie’s passion for the arts, history, and education has made an impact on the lives of many, including students who have benefitted from her college scholarship endowments. Connie’s commitment, dedication, and service to others is an inspiration that exemplifies our charism and mission of healing and uniting, and bringing home those who have lost their way.