Rudy Giuliani and Judy Nathan

Photo by Patrick McMullan

Grace Hightower Thrills
With Her Singing Debut

By Roger Webster

N a crisp New York evening, when events were popping all over the city, 600 New Yorkers, among them former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former Governor Mario Cuomo, came to Chelsea Pier 60 to show their support for the Cabrini Mission Foundation.

The organization provides services to women, children, and the elderly through healing, teaching, caring and giving, with a personal and life-giving approach.

Cabrini High School Drum Corps put guests into a festive mood as they socialized, elbow to elbow, during cocktails.

Among the highlights of the evening, which honored Frederic Salerno, retired vice chairman of Verizon, was the singing debut of actress Grace Hightower, who has appeared in films Ghostbusters II and Malcolm X.

CJ Satterwhite and Tom Gates

Photo by Patrick McMullan

She opened the evening with God Bless America. The Cabrini High School Singers with Chuck Mymit on piano provided backup. Grace ended the evening with a rousing Love Is in the Air that brought the room to a standing ovation.

Other noteworthy moments were the brief speeches by Sister Lucille Souza, president and CEO of the foundation, and Daniel D. Rubino, a partner at Willke, Farr & Gallagher.

There was an especially enthusiastic reception for Tibisay Hernandez, president of the senior class and a National Merit Honor student.

Saint Frances Cabrini founded the Mission of the Scared Heart of Jesus in 1880.  It was one of the first orders of women missionaries.  In 1889, under the direction of Pope Leo XIII, she came to the United States where she founded schools, orphanages, hospitals and social service institutions to serve the needs of immigrants.

Mario Cuomo, Grace Hightower,
Daniel Rubino

Photo by Joe Vericker/PhotoBureau

For two years in a row, the Cabrini High School in New York has been listed as one of the best in the country. During his video taped acceptance speech, Fred Salerno said that 97% of the graduating class would go to college.

The Eldercare program just received a ten million dollar grant from HUD.  The Cabrini Medical Center has been tending and mending New Yorkers for 93 years.

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