Catholic Charities has bestowed one of its most prestigious awards upon Fra Noi President Amy Mazzolin. The retired banker and noted philanthropist was presented with the Dennis F. Kelly Award at the venerable organization’s 99th annual board of directors meeting on Oct. 17 at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago.
Named after a revered past president of the organization, the award is given each year to a member of the board who exhibits outstanding service to the mission of Catholic Charities. A board member since 1989, Mazzolin has long supported the organization’s many efforts on behalf of veterans.
Among them are the St. Leo Campus for Veterans, a long-term transitional residence; the Veterans Employment Program, which helps veterans find and maintain employment; Supportive Services for Veteran Families, which provides resources to stabilize housing or end homelessness for veterans and their families; Cooke’s Manor, an alcohol and substance abuse recovery home; and the Bishop Goedert Residence, which provides affordable housing to senior veterans and their surviving spouses.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Dennis Kelly,” Mazzolin says. “I consider it a privilege to support Catholic Charities and all the wonderful work they do on behalf of our veterans and other vulnerable groups.”