Celebrating 65 year of giving back to the local community, The Kennedy Center will host its annual awards dinner at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport Thursday, April 7.
The social hour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner, annual meeting, and awards at 7 p.m.
This year’s theme is “I Am The Kennedy Center.”
The keynote address will feature Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Consumer awards will be announced at the annual meeting.
Bishop Caggiano was installed as fifth bishop of Bridgeport on Sept. 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
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.
Bishop Caggiano came to Bridgeport from the Diocese of Brooklyn, where on June 6, 2006, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and Titular Bishop of Inis Cathaig by Pope Benedict XVI.
A noted catechist, Bishop 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, 2013. He also preached at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival in Tipperary, Ireland.
He is a member of the sub-committee on the catechism of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. In November 2013, he was appointed to a three-year term as episcopal advisor of The National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.
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 D. Schwartz; Jo Ann McMullan of Westport; Dan Long of Cheshire; and Rachelle Mitchell of Milford.
Tickets for the Annual Awards Dinner are $50 per person.
Register online at www.thekennedycenterinc.org or call 203-365-8522, ext. 213.