An Evening of Grace and Honor
The aura of good will and grace glimmered throughout a splendid evening. Nearly two hundred delighted guests entered the stylish Hyatt Regency in Princeton to celebrate the sacred work of Interfaith Caregivers. With warm personal greetings by our devoted staff and the harmonious sounds of soft jazz playing in the background, our guests proceeded to survey the bountiful array of stunningly decorated si- lent auction baskets. The cocktail hour was fol- lowed by a gala dinner and beautiful program paying tribute to this year’s distinguished Shining Lights honorees.
LIFE St. Francis is a service of St. Francis Medical Center, one of Central New Jersey’s most respected healthcare providers since 1874, and is the first Program of All- Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in New Jersey. Jill Viggiano, Vice Presi- dent of Senior Services, has championed the program from its inception to pre- sent. LIFE provides and helps coordinate all medical care for elders through a wide range of healthcare services available at the Center or in the home, 365 days a year.
Sally Fullman, Ph.D., a member of the Healthy Bones Advocacy Network and the National Osteoporosis Foundation since 2009 and is an active “Project Healthy Bones” Peer Leader and Lead Coordinator. She has been a presence on Capitol Hill and in the community and through her inspiring presentations has raised aware- ness of the physical and economic impact of osteoporosis and improved access to quality care, education, and prevention initiatives.
Shannon Mason, Ph.D., has been the Executive Director of Mercer Street Friends since 2013. In addition to her work against the ravages of economic poverty, Dr. Mason battles spiritual poverty as the senior pastor of New and Living Way Ministries, in Trenton, NJ. As a psychotherapist, educator, researcher, and consultant, she has empowered people to make the journey out of poverty, and seeks in every way to be a “vessel”- pouring out into the lives of others what she has received.
St. Mary’s Church in Bordentown, NJ was established in 1831 by Irish immigrants and presently has 1,300 registered families. Among the parish’s ministries, are those devoted to prayer and worship, faith formation, community life, and Christian service and outreach. In the year 2000, through a partnership with Interfaith Care- givers of Greater Mercer County, St. Mary’s “Open Hearts, Willing Hands” ministry was created. Since that time, the volunteers, with the faithful support of Fr. Michael Burns and the under the dynamic leadership of Judy Pesce, have provided nearly 7,000 hours of compassionate service to the elderly and disabled homebound.
It was a fitting evening to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of our extraordinary honorees who have done so much to benefit of our homebound elderly and people with disabilities. Indeed, our Shining Lights honorees shed the warm glow of love over this evening of grace and honor.