Celebrating Life with CCDOK

caring network celebrate (2) ConvertedOn Thursday April 18th, CCDOK will be Celebrating Life with a special luncheon at the Kalamazoo County Club. The event will include a keynote address by Dr Robin Pierucci  called “Caring for God’s Children” and will honor our four 2013 Celebrate Life Award winners. It’s not too late to purchase tickets and honor these individuals and groups with us, enjoying a delicious lunch and great fellowship at the same time. Click here to learn more or call Laurie Schulte at 269-381-9800 for more information.

We wanted to share a bit more about our award winners:

The John W. Kavanaugh Physician Award will be presented to Robin L. Pierucci, M.D.  Dr. Pierucci is the Medical Director and Neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital at Bronson.  She is also the Clinical Associate Professor for Michigan State University.  Working in the NICU is what brought her and her husband, Ed, to Kalamazoo in 2007.  She is passionately involved in advocating for the unborn and the newborn, and is currently developing health care for drug addicted infants in Kalamazoo.  Dr. Pierucci is the one of the founding members of a local Catholic Physician’s Group and Holy Family Healthcare Clinic and is a volunteer at Caring Network.  She is the mother of three beautiful children.

The Katherine Van Domelen Caring Network Award will be presented to Mary Waurio.  Mary has been involved with Caring Network for the last 5 years as a Support Volunteer.  Her main role is helping clients pick out needed items in the “Caring Closet” for their babies and other children.  She is an experienced mother of four, providing the perfect balance of nurturing, common sense and focused attention that the clients need.  The mothers feel comfortable sharing their concerns or asking questions because of her warmth and wisdom.  She is often “requested’ by our clients. Mary is an ambassador for CCDOK, helping at numerous events, most recently the Youth March for Life at Caring Network.

Gerald and Roselyn Casey will be awarded the Sr. Edna Ternes Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Caseys have been fiercely active in the pro-life arena for years, advocating in many ways for the unborn. Since 1985 they supported Caring Network’s program by helping to build our apartments for homeless pregnant mothers.  They have been and continue to be sidewalk counselors at a local abortion clinic, informing mothers and fathers of alternatives to abortion and contraception. The Caseys have assisted Vietnamese families new to America by offering support and tutoring in the Catholic faith.  The Vineyard Academy in Richland began with an idea and assistance from the Caseys and it is still operating after 18 years. In 1997 they opened and operated the Catholic bookstore which continues as the Newman Bookshoppe.

The Blessed Mother Teresa Outstanding Group Award will be awarded to the Western Michigan University Students for Life, under the leadership of Theresa Lytwyn. This group of young adults has shown extraordinary efforts to deliver the pro-life message on campus as well as to the greater Kalamazoo area.  Within the last two years they have recruited more than 100 new members and have organized numerous events on and off campus. They have utilized social media, the college environment, community resources, campus media, and personal relationships to share the pro-life message. The WMU Students for Life have taken a stand to be counter-cultural and have touched the lives of faculty, students, parents and the community at large.

Catholic Charities congratulates these men and women and are grateful for all their hard work and dedication to protecting the most vulnerable population.  Caring Network is a program of Catholic Charities. To learn more about what we do, please visit our website at www.ccdok.org. Or text CCDOK to 22828 for sign up for our e-newsletter.

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