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We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the Sisters of St. Dominic's Annual Hearts Afire Gala! Your support has truly made a difference in advancing our mission to assist the poor and marginalized, bringing compassion and mercy to those in need.

We want to extend our warmest congratulations to the recipients of the 2024 Mother Mary Ann Sammon Award for Compassion and Service: Mark Jacobs, Sr. Mary Eileen O'Brien, and Sr. Kathleen Sullivan. Your profound dedication to others and unwavering spirit of faith are beacons of inspiration for us all. Thank you for your exemplary service and commitment to making the world a better place.

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Chairman, Montefiore Nyack Hospital Board of Trustees


Past President

Dominican University New York

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Dominican University New York

Click here for Honoree biographies.

The Mother Mary Ann Sammon Award for Compassion and Service

Each year, the Sisters of Saint Dominic honor individuals whose lives have demonstrated a spirit of faith and deep caring for others. These individuals are presented with the Mary Ann Sammon Award for Compassion and Service.

Past Honorees of the Mary Ann Sammon Award for Compassion and Service include:


William H. Connolly & Co., Patricia Finan, Phyllis Yonta, Jerry Haas, Peter McKeever, Teresa Radzinski, Laura & Dan Grable, Anthony & Marian D'Ambosio, Lane & Janet Jorgensen, Ruth Young (Posthumously), Phyllis & Bruce Schweizer, Judy Kydon, John Nevins, Barbara & David Bender, Robert S. Manzella, Sisters of Our Lady of the Christian Doctrine, Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, Michael Ragno, Benedict Versaci, John & Eileen White, Kathleen Gregg, Hector May, Keith R. Taylor, Reverend John F. Dwyer, J. Robert Lunney, Peggy Bell Kalter, James F. Hurley, Monsignor Gerald Ryan, Clifford Lai, Sr. Bernadette Kenney, RSHM, Br. James Kearney, FMS, John Caffrey, Rita & Jim Sullivan, Nancy & Bill Hynes, the Moroney Family, the Cullen Family, FDNY Pipe & Drum Band, and in Memory of Timothy J. Mara.

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