On Thursday, May 19, nearly 400 friends gathered on a beautiful spring evening to enjoy the 2022 Sisters of Charity Spring Benefit at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. It was the first spring benefit held in person since 2019.

In the early part of the evening, guests enjoyed the pier’s outdoor spaces and views of the Hudson River. A New York City Fire Department boat arrived to honor the Sisters of Charity with a tribute spray.

NY 1’s Pat Kiernan served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening program. The formal presentation began with the video “One Mission. Many Hearts,” featuring many of the Sisters’ ministries, including LEFSA, Sisters Hill Farm, affordable housing initiatives, climate action, Elizabeth Seton Children’s, and The New York Foundling.

The Congregation honored Jerry Costello and family, and the late Dr. Christopher Mills with the Caritas Award for their dedicated service to the Mission of Charity.

Jerry Costello, along with his family, has made significant improvements to the quality of life for seniors at the Rockland County Sisters of Charity housing facilities. His contributions have enhanced the quality of life for every resident, including popular salon services and more accessible planting beds in the garden.

Dr. Christopher Mills had a long and distinguished career as a surgeon, department chair and Medical Director at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. He was also a trustee of the Sisters of Charity Ministry Network. He served as an outstanding leader among medical staff and was always a friend of the Sisters of Charity. His wife, Diane Mills, accepted the award.

Funds raised at the Spring Benefit help support our ministries to those living on the margins of society. The Sisters of Charity are grateful to all who contributed to the success of the event. The evening concluded with dancing to the music of the Guss Hayes Band. 

We hope you enjoy the photos of this worthy event and plan to join us next year.