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Mount Mercy Academy awards Distinguished Alumna and Spirit of Mercy honors

SOUTH BUFFALO - The 2013 Mount Mercy Academy Honors Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Brierwood Country Club. Each year, we present honors for Distinguished Alumna and Spirit of Mercy. The Recipients include:

Sister Nancy Hoff, RSM, ’61, Distinguished Alumna Award: Hoff’s life has been dedicated to God, working in the Mercy mission of both education and healthcare. She just finished a term as the first Leader of the recently formed Community of the Sisters of Mercy, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community. Sr. Nancy has recently been appointed as the Senior Associate Ministry Formation for Catholic Health and will also serve as an active member of Catholic Health Mission Leadership Team.

Mrs. Mary Kelleher-Crabtree, ’80, Distinguished Alumna Award: Kelleher-Crabtree’s professional career spans two distinct paths beginning in education as a teacher and then turning to healthcare. Through her experiences with juvenile diabetes and her kidney and pancreas transplant surgeries, her career turned to healthcare in order to help, inspire and support others. She is now the chief of the research oversight and compliance office at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Mrs. Molly (McBride) Scala, ’80, Distinguished Alumna Award: Scala has dedicated her life to helping others. From her early business endeavors as a daycare provider to a lawyer who gave many hours to pro-bono work to her present work as an administrative law judge for the Department of Environmental Conservation, Scala exemplifies the spirit of Catherine McAuley.

Ms. Maureen “Moe” Myers, ’71, Spirit of Mercy Award: Myers is a teacher, community leader and church minister. She volunteers in various activities including MMA’s own Breakfast with Santa as Mrs. Claus, Bubbles the Clown for Project Sunshine and countless other community events. She is not just as an attendee but a dedicated volunteer who brings life and spirit to each event.

Mrs. Eleanor (Donovan) Gilson, ’78, Spirit of Mercy Award: Gilson’s Spirit of Mercy comes through as the owner and creative force of South Buffalo Dance Academy. She has developed a community haven where young girls and boys are able to enjoy the art of dance. Gilson‘s life’s blood beats through this studio bringing energy, dignity and respect to all who enter through its doors.

Mr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Tatu, Spirit of Mercy Award: Founders of Harvest House of South Buffalo on Seneca Street, the Tatu’s ministry seeks to strengthen the body and soul of our community by fostering moral values in a culturally sensitive atmosphere that promotes dignity and spirituality. They have expanded into children and baby ministries and adult educational programs to further the advancement of our community in WNY.

Alumnae, family and friends are invited to attend the Mercy Honors Dinner to learn more about, and honor our alumnae and community members.

For further information, to make reservations or to be a patron sponsor, contact Tina Webster, ’91, at 825-8796 x 304 or Leanne Maloney, ’05, at 825-8796 x 306. Our 2013 Mercy Honors Chairperson is Mary McDonald, ’81. All proceeds benefit the Alumnae Scholarship Fund.

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