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"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Every year our Diocese comes together to honor youth and adults who devote themselves to the service of others.

Catholic Charities thanks all our dinner guests and our sponsors for the evening:

Patron Saint

  • Timothy Heist
  • Maria Mohler

Seraphim

  • Allegheny Club
  • FirstEnergy Foundation
  • John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Bellefonte
  • UPMC Altoona

Cherubim

  • Conemaugh Health System
  • William & Mary Anne Hanelly
  • Peter & Paul Catholic Church
  • Frank & Elizabeth Stasenko
  • Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law
  • Anthony W. Zumpetta

Dominions

  • Altoona Curve Baseball
  • American Eagle Paper Mills
  • David & Jan Andrews
  • Blair Companies
  • John & Donna Gority
  • & Mrs. William Haberstroh
  • Keller Engineers, Inc.
  • Link Computer Corporation
  • Jim & Heather Little
  • Merrill Lynch
  • & Mrs. Peter Pontzer
  • Jim & Mary Agnes Roccio
  • Thomas Weimer
  • Frank & Mary Wiley

Virtues

  • Paula Raynar

Archangels

  • Ace Fix-It Hardware
  • Msgr. Michael Becker
  • Bihary Family Dental
  • Blair Companies
  • Bloom Yoga & Wellness, LLC
  • Doug’s Rug Care
  • Food Service Solutions
  • Bud & Jean Hesler
  • David Kimmel
  • Reilly, Creppage & Company, Inc.
  • John Seeber, MD
  • Gloria Wagner

Angels

  • ARC Federal Credit Union
  • Benedict Catholic Church
  • William Crosser
  • Donald Mayko

Scholarship Donor

Independent Catholic Foundation

Thank you to the patrons that sponsored dinner tickets for our Award Winners

Jacobs Oil Co, Inc.

JoEllen Steinbrunner

Prize sponsors:

  • Allegro
  • Best Buy
  • Boscov’s
  • Cracker Barrell
  • Hoss’s
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Olive Garden
  • Red Lobster
  • Sheetz
  • Sweet Frog
  • The Dream
  • The Meadows
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Wal-Mart
 

 

Humanitarian Award Winners Listing

Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award

The Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award is given to individuals demonstrating a significant, long-term commitment (professional or volunteer) to serving the poor, marginalized, and most vulnerable within our diocesan community.

Dolores Spinos, St. Anthony of Padua, Somerset County

Cares for the spiritual needs of residents at The Church of the Brethren Home Campus – fist as a registered nurse, then as a volunteer. Not a “cradle catholic” – planned on becoming a Presbyterian Minister. Shares the Eucharist with others, carrying sunshine into sometimes hopeless situations, holding hands and quietly praying, providing a serenity with its own grace. She arranges for fun activities for the residents at the home, knowing that failing minds and bodies also need attention. She has organized cookie & pie socials, root beer float & banana split parties, Christmas tree decorating with music and singing with the church’s Mission Team. She greets all new residents and arranges for their anointing and communion.

David Kimmel, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, PA

Dave accepted a position on the Catholic Charities Advisory Board in June 2009 – 9 years ago. He came to the board with a wealth of marketing, development and communications experience with Mercy Hospital/Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital, Penn State Altoona and the American Cancer Society. Devoting a major part of his working life to the sick, Dave used his extensive skill set help with the Annual Relays for Life, hospital events to raise funds for new equipment and services, and developing materials for patients and the community. Dave has a history of supporting non-profits such as Blair

Senior Services and Child Advocates. He also co-sponsored a successful 1.2 million Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Parish Capital Campaign in 2015.

Randy Tarpey, Central PA Scholarship Fund, Tyrone, PA

As a Certified Public Accountant tax preparation is his professional focus including simple returns done economically and complex returns prepared properly. In addition to his tax work, Randy Tarpey has experience working with the state’s many incentive programs for small businesses, as well as assisting with tax credit sales for large companies. His biggest passion is working as a volunteer for the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund, assisting donors and other charities with navigating the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Programs. The EITC program provides millions of dollars to local schools for financial aid, all of which Randy manages and oversees as a volunteer. His ability to provide this service to students in central PA impacts 1000’s of students each year and allows them to attend a school of their choice.

Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award

The Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award is given to elementary and high school students for demonstrating exceptional service to their communities, specifically to the poor and needy.

Rachel Hall, Age 17, 12th Grade, Bishop McCort Catholic High School

St. John Gualbert Cathedral – Cambria County

Volunteer Activities: 1) Kind and giving person who did outstanding work each summer at diocesan camps – working with administration and planning teams on schedules, games, prayer groups, and anything else asked of her; 2) She routinely goes above and beyond.

Kaitlyn Kasisky , Age 13, 8th Grade, Divine Mercy Catholic Academy

St. John Gualbert Cathedral – Cambria County

Volunteer Activities: 1) Expanded hours of community service – working every Sunday on the Proclaim Crew at St. John Gualbert’s Cathedral; 2) Steps up to help and care for others in day-to-day interactions including helping with activities with younger children at her parish; 3) “Christlike” service – helps other students and teachers on a daily basis by assisting with the needs of others around her.

Carolyn Telfer, Age 17, 12th Grade, Windber Area High School

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church – Somerset County

Volunteer Activities: 1) Carolyn lives the Beatitudes…Teenage Mission Version; 2) Mission trip to rural Appalachia to cut down weeds, paint barely standing shacks, clearing garbage, repairing broken floor boards, etc. where it is hot, muggy, and inhabited with multitudes of bugs and snakes and very little cell service; 3) helped the Sister Servants of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cresson maintain their grounds, paint their chairs, and share their life of quiet joy; 4) visits nursing homes and helps out with children’s programs.

Sarah Zakrzwski , Age 17, 11th Grade, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School

Blair County

Volunteer Activities: 1) Teen volunteer at Tyrone-Snyder Public Library for many ears, involved in helping in almost every aspect of operations; 2) Emphasis on serving the underprivileged, making sure everyone has access to the same resources by not only working at the check-out desk but also helping with children and adult programs; 3) her volunteer hours are significant: June 25 hours; July 38 hrs; August 42 hrs.

Lucas Frederick, Age 17, 11th Grade, Mount Union Area School District

Most Holy Trinity – Huntingdon County

Volunteer Activities: 1) Organizing donations for the local Humane Society since grade school; 2) went out of his way to welcome a new transfer student who was having a very hard time being accepted by inviting him to his lunch table and introducing him to his circle of friends; 3) willing to do what he can without being asked twice, he is a friend to everyone – family, friend or stranger.

Nathaniel McClain, Age 14, 9th Grade, Huntingdon High School

Most Holy Trinity – Huntingdon County

Volunteer Activities: 1) Assists in food drives and prepares food baskets for St. Vincent de Paul; 2) working on Eagle Scout badge and does all things about music – Concert Band, Outdoor Marching Band, etc.; 3) Sincere heart and loves to sing, even when others will not participate at the Prayer-Communion with God retreat.