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Out & About: 2018 Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner presented by Catholic Charities

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Recipients of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg's 2018 Salt and Light Awards are Alice (left) and Thomas Zaucha, philanthropy; Paul Whalen, humanitarian; and Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force, represented by director Tim Phillips, at an April 19 recognition dinner at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.
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Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle (left), The Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg; and board president Thomas Gothie at the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg's Salt and Light Awards dinner, held April 19 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.
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Richard and Joanna Stillwagon at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg's Salt and Light Awards dinner on April 19 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.
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Zella and Tom Adams at Catholic Charitiesof the Diocese of Greensburg's Salt and Light Awards dinner on April 19 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.
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David and Debbie Delisi at the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg's Salt and Light Awards dinner on April 19 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.
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Ken Shimko and Molly Robb Shimko at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg's Salt and Light Awards dinner, held April 19 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.
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Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Rob and Katy Preatzel at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg's Salt and Light Awards dinner on April 19 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.
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Amanda Jeziorski (left), Rachel Coyne and Kristen Kundrod at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg's Salt and Light Awards dinner, held April 19 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon.

Extra prayers were said on April 19 before the 2018 Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner, when a power outage struck Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon just as final preparations were underway.

The annual dinner is presented by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg.

No need to order pizza for the crowd of 460, as lights and heat came back as guests began to arrive. Kitchen staff carried on with the help of a generator and servers greeted early arrivals with trays of hors d’oeuvres.

It was a good thing, too, as dinner attendance “set an all-time record by a lot,” according to Jerry Zufelt, communications manager for the diocese.

Since 1999, the dinner has raised more than $1 million for Catholic Charities, which assists needy people in the four-county diocese, and recognizes individuals and groups who carry out the work. This year’s honors were:

Humanitarian award:Paul Whalen, of St. Paul Parish in Greensburg, whose efforts include initiating the annual Walk for the Poor in Twin Lakes Park.

Philanthropy:Thomas and Alice Zaucha, of St. Thomas Moore University Parish in Indiana, Indiana County, for fundraising, donations and leadership in their parish.

Outstanding Human Services Organization:Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force, represented by director Timothy Phillips, for efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

On the guest list: Monsignor Raymond Riffle, Bishop Edward Malesic, Richard andJoanna Stillwagon, David andDebbie Delisi, Dr. Ralph andJanet May, Charles andSharon Deluzio, Tay andBrenda Waltenbaugh, Kenneth Shimko andMolly Robb Shimko, Kenny andAudrey Glick, Jeff andStephanie Peterinelli, Bob Chappell, Matt andConnie Shirey, James andAshley Patterson, Heather Rady andBob Turner, Doreen Blandino, Suzanne English and Denny andPam Flynn.

— Shirley McMarlin

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