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Bishop Caggiano To Speak At Kennedy Center Awards In Bridgeport

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will speak at the annual Kennedy Center Awards Dinner April 7.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will speak at the annual Kennedy Center Awards Dinner April 7. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Kennedy Center Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting will take place April 7 at the Holiday Inn, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, the annual meeting and community, consumer and employer awards at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “I Am The Kennedy Center.” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport will be the keynote speaker.

The awards presentation will include:

  • Competitive Employer Award – The Green Team/Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises Inc.
  • Media Award – Fairfield County Business Journal/division of Westfair Communications, Inc.
  • Community Service Award – Sacred Heart University
  • Consumer awards will be announced at the meeting.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person. Register online or call 203-365-8522 Ext. 213.

Caggiano was installed as Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport in 2013. In his installation homily, he spoke of the needs to build bridges to youth, to all those who are troubled, who are neglected and to Catholics who no longer participate in the life of the church.

A noted catechist, Caggiano was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to deliver World Youth Day talks in Sydney in 2008, Madrid in 2011, and by Pope Francis to serve as a catechist at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013.

Area residents serving on the annual meeting committee include Fairfield residents Pietro Andres and Joan Fleitas; Bridgeport residents Mary Brown and Teri Brown; Trumbull residents Joe Dennin, Randye Kaye, David Kmetz and Martin Schwartz; and Jo Ann McMullan of Westport.

The Kennedy Center is an internationally accredited, nonprofit, community-based rehabilitation organization that serves 2,400 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 30 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs.

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