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McAllen– Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley has named Dora Brown as its 2017 Hope Award recipient. She will be honored at the 7th annual “Hope is in Bloom” gala.
“Dora has been a tremendous source of support to Catholic Charities,” said Sister Norma Pimentel. “Her extraordinary leadership, the respect she’s earned in our local community, and most of all, her kind and generous heart makes her the ideal recipient for this year’s Hope Award.”
Brown was selected as this year’s honoree for mobilizing volunteers as well as engaging civic leaders and organizations to help fund the most critical needs facing Catholic Charities.
“My mother always told us and we lived by these words: ‘It is better to give then to receive and God will reward you three times over,’” says Dora Brown, Senior Vice President for Marketing, IBC Bank. “I may not be in church everyday, but I believe that I do God’s work by helping to clothe and feed the poor. We are hoping to raise a lot of money, so that the Respite Center can be built to help the homeless and feed the poor people and the immigrants. I always have believed in giving more to my community or place of work, and it has always been very satisfying. God has blessed me with a wonderful family, especially my husband Joe and our beautiful daughter Jamie who have always supported everything that I do.”
Funds raised at this year’s gala on April 21 will benefit the construction of a versatile, multi-purpose building for families and children living on the margins of our society.
Additionally, Catholic Charities will recognize Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, U.S. Customs & Border Protection. As the Cariño Award recipient, Chief Padilla will be acknowledged for his close collaboration with the Humanitarian Respite Center in downtown McAllen.
Catholic Charities Committee Chair Sally Fraustro Guerra urges the community to attend this event to celebrate the community involvement of Dora Brown and Chief Padilla, but more importantly to offer financial and charitable support of the vulnerable men, women and children whom the agency serves.