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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Two awarded Bishop’s Medal for service to Catholic Charities

the Inland Register

(From the May 22, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Skylstad presented Mary Anne Heskett with the Bishop’s Medal at the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities earlier this month. Receiving the medal earlier this year was Kathleen DeLaney. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

The 24th annual Bishop’s Dinner, to benefit the programs of Catholic Charities, was held on May 9, 2003, at The Spokane Club. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, six course gourmet dinner and “Chair-ity” Silent Auction.

As in past years, the Bishop’s Medal was awarded at the event in special recognition to an individual, volunteer, Board member or donor for significant contributions of time, talent or treasure to the Diocese of Spokane on behalf of Catholic Charities.

This year’s recipients are Kathleen DeLaney and Mary Ann Heskett.

DeLaney received the Bishop’s Medal in February, on the occasion of her 100th birthday. The DeLaney Apartments, a complex of affordable senior housing in Spokane, was named for her late husband, Henry Louis DeLaney, a leader of several Catholic charitable endeavors in the diocese.

Kathleen DeLaney has continued to provide support for the programs of Catholic Charities and has stayed involved with the community. Msgr. Frank Bach and Donna Hanson, diocesan director of Catholic Charities and Bishop’s Secretary for Social Ministry, traveled to DeLaney’s home in the southwest to present the medal on behalf of Bishop William Skylstad.

The second medal for this year was awarded at the dinner to Mary Ann Heskett, recently retired Catholic Charities Development Director.

Heskett began her work with Catholic Charities in 1978, with a three-month contract to help with the annual Christmas appeal. She stayed with Catholic Charities 24 years. She was responsible for fund-raising, communications and volunteers for the agency.

In 1994 she served as chairperson for the national Catholic Charities convention in Spokane. More recently, she coordinated the capital campaign for Shelter 2000, the largest capital campaign in the history of the diocese, which raised over $6 million to rebuild the House of Charity and St. Margaret Shelter, which opened debt-free in 2000.

As a follow-up to the Shelter 2000 campaign, Heskett coordinated and launched the Postcards from St. Margaret’s project. Completely coordinated by volunteers over the past two years, the project realized $32,000 in 2002. The shelter houses approximately 50 women and their children each night.

Mary Ann and her husband, John, are members of St. Augustine Parish in Spokane and the parents of four children, all of whom graduated from Cataldo School and Gonzaga Prep. Now grandparents of two, they look forward to the arrival of a third grandchild later this month.


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