The afternoon skies were bright Thursday as a whopping 462 people filed into Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.
The 13th annual Communities of Salt and Light Award Dinner sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg, was held to celebrate those reflecting the core essence of Catholic Charities.
Officials estimate a record $82,300 was raised to provide assistance to individuals and families in need throughout Armstrong, Indiana, Fayette and Westmoreland counties.
Catholic Charities managing director Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle opened the program.
Greensburg Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt praised the honorees, who "reflect the very meaning of Christian charity" and for understanding that "God is on the side of the poor; and, when we care for them, we meet him in them."
Dr. Joseph Angelo of Indiana, an advocate for people with developmental and emotional disabilities, received the Humanitarian Award.
Michael J. and Janice K. Walker of Unity were presented with the Philanthropy Award for their support of many Catholic causes.
The Bridge Core, a group of women from St. Thomas More University Parish, St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish and Graystone United Presbyterian Church in Indiana, Church of the Good Shepherd in Kent and Brush Valley Chapel, was given the Outstanding Human Service Organization Award. The Bridge Core promotes awareness and provides assistance in the areas of homelessness, domestic violence and humane animal treatment.
Seen: Bill and Ginny Merchant, Barbara Braun, Chuck and Anna Quiggle, Paul Puleo, Eric and Michele Bononi, Judy Modecki, Chuck and Sharon Deluzio, Michael Monsour, Dorothy Zello, John Saban and Marcie Zello, Rocco and Maria Panucci, Sister Lois Sculco, Joseph and Gloria Sbaffoni, Sister Mary Fran Bassick, John and Kim Dolan, the Rev. …