Catholic Charities’ Night at the Museum goes virtual, will honor Tom Roohan, The Regional Food Bank
On Thursday, June 18, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany will be hosting its eighth Night at the Museum fundraiser as a virtual event.
Each June, over 500 people gather on the 4th floor of the New York State Museum to celebrate and support the work of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany. It is the organization’s premiere fundraiser, providing vital support to Catholic Charities’ programs and services across the 14 counties of the Albany Diocese. Over the past seven yearsNight at the Museum has raised over $1 million in funding for Catholic Charities' intitiatives, from food pantries to domestic violence programs to heating assistance in the winter months.
To keep up with an increased demand for funding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, staff at Catholic Charities are working to adapt the traditional in-person event into something that will fit in a virtual setting. The virtual event will include video, music and speakers, including emcee Kumi Tucker of Newschannel 13, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, honorees Tom Roohan and the Northeast Regional Food Bank’s Mark Quandt. Guests of the event can register online at www.ccrcda.org/nam or by calling 518-641-6831.
This year, Catholic Charities will be honoring Tom Roohan, of Roohan Realty, and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Mr. Roohan is a longtime supporter of Catholic Charities in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, and was instrumental in the establishment of Mary’s Haven, a community home for the dying in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Food Bank is a longtime partner of Catholic Charities, providing food items to Catholic Charities nutritional programs, including its pantries. Most recently, the Food Bank has partnered with Catholic Charities to provide food for CC MOVE mass food distributions across the Diocese. Together, the organizations have provided more than 200 tons of food to families in need.
About Tom Roohan
Tom Roohan is the owner of Roohan Realty, one of the most successful real estate companies in Saratoga. From the adaptive reuse of historic properties to mixed-use development and residential real estate sales of all shapes and sizes, the team at Roohan Realty has contributed significantly to the growth of the Saratoga community.
Tom Roohan has a long history of active community service. Organizations he has touched range from NYRA, The YMCA, and AAA, to Saratoga Central Catholic, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the Saratoga Special Assessment District, the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, and more.
He is a longtime friend and supporter of Catholic Charities in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Tom Roohan was instrumental in the establishment of Mary’s Haven, a community home for the dying, and is a long-time supporter for the annual Festival Tree’s, the agencies biggest annual community event and fundraiser.
About the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York works to alleviate hunger and prevent food waste by collecting large donations of edible but unmarketable food from the food industry and distributing it to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charitable agencies feeding the hungry. The Regional Food Bank was created by a group of food pantry coordinators and anti-hunger advocates in June 1982. In its 38 years of operation, hundreds of food companies have donated product to the Food Bank, thousands of volunteers have contributed their time, and millions of people have been fed.
The Food Bank provided 41 million pounds of food to its 1,000 member agencies and the hungry people they serve in 2019. The Food Bank helps these agencies increase the number of people they serve and expand the quantity and variety of food they provide to people in need. Approximately 355,000 people benefit from the Food Bank’s work every year.
The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. Through this affiliation, the Regional Food Bank receives food donations from all over the country and is required to adhere to strict standards for safe and sanitary food handling.
About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private social services organizations in the region. Serving 14 counties around the Capital District across some 10,000 square miles, Catholic Charities serves and empowers all persons in need, regardless of race, creed, religion, or lifestyle, as well as advocates for a just society and collaborates with women and men of good will. Last year, more than 89,000 people turned to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany for assistance. Through the generous support of donors and the community, we are able to assist the poor and vulnerable with housing, food, emergency assistance, disabilities services, senior services, and much more.
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