OGDENSBURG – The Annual Catholic Charities Caritas Dinner will be held Oct. 25 at the Gran-View Restaurant.
Each year, Catholic Charities presents two awards – the Caritas Award and President’s Award to individuals, couples or groups who champion the building of compassionate and caring communities.
The 2017 Caritas Award will be presented to the Rev. Msgr. Joseph G. Aubin of Plattsburgh and, posthumously, to the Rev. Patrick W. Mundy, who died Sept. 4.
Both priests served as regional directors for Catholic Charities. Msgr. Aubin directed the Plattsburgh office from 1958 to 1968, while the Rev. Mundy worked at the Watertown office from 1967 to 1968 and then succeeded Msgr. Aubin in 1968. He held that position until 1981.
The President’s Award will also be given posthumously to Alex Velto, who also served as director of Catholic Charities in Watertown.
From 1976 to 1986, Mr. Velto worked with the Rev. Msgr. Robert Lawler to bring federally funded housing to the North Country, raising nearly $30 million for housing for the elderly and handicapped.
The Caritas dinner program opens at 5 p.m. with a cash bar, entertainment at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner at 6. The cost is $45 per person. All proceeds from the dinner will be used to provide financial assistance to individuals and families in need.
Checks, made payable to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, may be sent to Caritas Dinner, Catholic Charities, 6866 State Highway 37, Ogdensburg 13669, along with names of those attending, address, phone number and dinner choice of prime rib, filet of salmon with mango sauce, roasted stuffed chicken breast or vegetarian.