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CCF Presents Cardinal Dolan with Donation In Support of Campaign to Restore St. Patrick’s Cathedral


Gift of $150,000 Will Help Stabilize and Repair Stonework and Windows
Of Inspiring and Legendary New York City Landmark

New York, NY, November 21, 2013 – The Columbus Citizens Foundation last night presented a symbolic check in the amount of $130,000 to Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in support of the ongoing restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The reception for Cardinal Dolan was held at the Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. 

No sooner had the Foundation’s president, Frank Fusaro, presented the oversized check to Cardinal Dolan than he said, “Your Eminence, we need to void the check to make a correction in the amount – since printing it, we have received additional donations, and the final amount will be $150,000.” 

“I really feel at home here and can’t thank you enough for your outstanding generosity,” said Cardinal Dolan and he looked out over the 120 people attending the reception and who were among those who had made the donation possible. Speaking with his characteristic, informal warmth, Cardinal Dolan said, “You bet I accept, with enthusiasm, pride and gratitude.” 

“My predecessor John [Cardinal] Hughes [the first Archbishop of New York] built St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the work and pennies, nickels and dimes of immigrants of diverse backgrounds,” said Cardinal Dolan. “Immigrants came to America homesick. They’d had to leave everything behind. Their towns and villages. Their families. When they got here, everything was new.  The people, the city, the customs. Everything was new except the church – they were at home in the church.” 


Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Frank Fusaro, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, with a check showing the Foundation’s donation to the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Because of additional fundraising, the actual amount of the donation will be $150,000. Photo credit: Don Pollard.

“Now the church is falling apart, and with the pennies, nickels and dimes of the grandkids of the people who built St. Patrick’s Cathedral, we are retrofitting the church. We are on the way, halfway there, and we going to get God’s house back in order.” 

The multi-year restoration project, which was launched on March 17, 2012, has begun to solidify and preserve the exterior and interior of the Cathedral. To date the bronze doors are in the process of being cleaned and resealed, the organ was removed and is being restored off site, and the stained glass windows are being intricately restored by a team of specialists. The restoration, a $175 million campaign, will ensure that the Cathedral endures for future generations. 

Cardinal Dolan, who has a long standing relationship with the Foundation as have his predecessors before him, also accepted the Foundation’s invitation to become its chaplain. 

About St. Patrick’s Cathedral: St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of New York and the seat of its Archbishop. Built by contributions large and small, it remains emblematic of the ascendance of religious freedom in the New World. As such, this international landmark is a beacon of hope for those who share the Catholic faith and a source of inspiration to the more than five million visitors of every religious denomination welcomed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral each year. For more information about the restoration, please go to:

About the Columbus Citizens Foundation: The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. In the coming school year, the Foundation is providing over $2 million in scholarship assistance to over 500 students. In 2013, the Foundation donated $256,000 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports American military personnel and their families, bringing its donations in support of our troops to over $750,000. It was also a lead partner in the reinstatement of the Advanced Placement Program in Italian Language and Culture with a donation of $500,000. The Foundation organizes New York City's annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has been held under the auspices of the Foundation since 1944.
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