Friends of Father Baker Celebration

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The 2021 Friends of Father Baker Celebration is back as an “In-Person” Event!
Friday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The Powerhouse at Buffalo Color Park


Our Honorees:

Sr. Norma Pimentel
Exec. Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Sr. Norma has been named one of Time Magazine’s Most influential people of 2020 for her work as an advocate and care provider for thousands of refugees and immigrants at the United States-Mexico border.  Referred to as “the Pope’s favorite Nun,” Sister Norma has been featured in newspapers around the world, programs such as “20/20,“60 Minutes,” and “Face the Nation" and has received numerous awards for her outstanding work.

Click here to watch a video about Sister Norma's work

Mark Zirnheld
Chief Executive Officer of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer at Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Buffalo, a human service organization that serves the poor, the suffering, and the forgotten in Western New York. Mark has served many local non-profits including CYO, NYS Catholic Conference, Canisius College, WNY Coalition for the Homeless, West Side Jaycees, United Way, St. Andrew’s Parish, Catholic Urban Outreach Network, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and more.

Click here to view a video about Mark's work

Hannah Ross
Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, Class of 2022

Hannah Ross is a senior at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in Amherst, NY. Last year, Hannah volunteered over 100 hours serving people at several organizations including The Arc Erie County, and Kaely’s Kindness Foundation, an organization that provides resources and support for teen girls with cancer.

Click here to watch a video about Hannah's work



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