2013-12-26 / Front Page

$1.6M For Charity

Publisher Ailes Hailed As ‘Christmas Angel’ by Dolan
DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM


Cardinal Dolan with Elizabeth Ailes on the stage at the Waldorf Astoria for the 68th Annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon. 
PHOTO PROVIDED Cardinal Dolan with Elizabeth Ailes on the stage at the Waldorf Astoria for the 68th Annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon. PHOTO PROVIDED A host of Putnam County people attended the 68th Annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, where Elizabeth Ailes of Garrison received the “Christmas Angel” award. Last week’s event raised a record $1.6 million to help women and children served by programs affiliated with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

Attendees from Putnam included included the PCN&R and Courier staff, Diana Roda and Mary and Jerry Tomassio of Garrison, George Whipple, Fr. Brian T. McSweeney, formerly of Our Lady of Loretto in Cold Spring, County Executive MaryEllen Odell, builder Ray Memmel and his wife Angela, Frank Lucente, and Nora and Ed Preusser, among others.

In addition to the Ailes’ award, Pat and Lou DiCerbo were honored with the “Spirit of St. Nicholas Award.” The luncheon drew 1,500 people, with overflow seating not only in the ballroom but two tiers above it. Ailes is publisher of the Putnam County Courier and its sister paper, the Putnam County News & Recorder. She was joined at the gathering by her husband, Roger Ailes, and their son, Zachary. The Christmas Angel award recognized her selflessness of spirit and goodness of character.


The event was an astounding display of Christmas spirit in a sometimes jarring world. As columnist Liz Smith wrote at NewYorkSocialDiary.com, “If half of Americans no longer celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, as reported in yesterday’s headlines, you couldn’t prove it by me or by the handsome crowd jammed into the Waldorf Ballroom for the 68th annual Ladies of Charity Luncheon this week.”

The luncheon is an annual affair, and draws some of New York’s most influential politicians and business people. Included last week were Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his wife Veronica, among many others. She’s involved with extensive charity work herself, especially at the Bowery Mission and its programs for women.

Video from the event will be posted at putnamcountycourier.com.




Top row: Elizabeth Ailes, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell; the Cardinal, Ailes and newspaper staff and guests. Second row: Zachary Ailes, his mother Elizabeth and father Roger, and the Cardinal; Elizabeth Ailes and Fr. Brian T. McSweeney, formerly of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring; Veronica Kelly, who does much charity work with the Bowery Mission, and her husband Ray, NYC Police Commissioner. Third row: Courier Senior Reporter Eric Gross, Associate Editor Annie Chesnut, Advertising Manager Lynn Duffy, and Business Manager Carol Balducci enjoy the Luncheon; the ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria was packed to overflowing, including two tiers of guests, as noted mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, far left, sang Christmas hymns At right: Jerry Tomassio, Nora Preusser, Ailes and Mary Tomasssio, all of Putnam County, at the VIP reception with the Cardinal and Mrs. Ailes. Bottom, the Cardinal thanks guests for their help with the church’s charity work. Photos Provided Top row: Elizabeth Ailes, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell; the Cardinal, Ailes and newspaper staff and guests. Second row: Zachary Ailes, his mother Elizabeth and father Roger, and the Cardinal; Elizabeth Ailes and Fr. Brian T. McSweeney, formerly of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring; Veronica Kelly, who does much charity work with the Bowery Mission, and her husband Ray, NYC Police Commissioner. Third row: Courier Senior Reporter Eric Gross, Associate Editor Annie Chesnut, Advertising Manager Lynn Duffy, and Business Manager Carol Balducci enjoy the Luncheon; the ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria was packed to overflowing, including two tiers of guests, as noted mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, far left, sang Christmas hymns At right: Jerry Tomassio, Nora Preusser, Ailes and Mary Tomasssio, all of Putnam County, at the VIP reception with the Cardinal and Mrs. Ailes. Bottom, the Cardinal thanks guests for their help with the church’s charity work. Photos Provided

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