26th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner
On Friday, October 4th, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement held their 26th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, with over two hundred and fifty guests in attendance. The monies raised from the event will go to support the ministries of the Friars at Graymoor and around the world. It is an annual event where the Friars honor individuals who have demonstrated the Friars’ charism and Franciscan spirit in their lives by their commitment and dedication of their time, talents and resources, in service to humanity.
This annual event raises funds to support the mission and global ministries of the Friars. Best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark was the honorary co-chair, along with Mrs. Valerie Mastronardi.
Robert & Mary Fink and the Gift of Hope Foundation received 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 received 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 to have little or none.
Constance Cincotta also received 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.
For more than one hundred years, the Friars of the Atonement as sons of St. Francis have helped to give hope to those who have been wounded, lost their way or given up. Through our missions, the Friars work for the restoration of unity among Christians, aid those struggling to overcome the devastation of drug addiction and alcoholism; promote peace and unity and promote better understanding among religions through dialogue; provide counseling and support for those with HIV/AIDS; work with youth through campus ministry and minister to those in hospitals and prisons.
The following video was premiered at this year’s Sharing Hope Dinner celebration. The film highlights and celebrates those who have embraced the Friars call to “At-One-Ment,” and seek to live it out in their daily lives. Click below to watch. Enjoy!