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'Top Hat' awards presented by St. Vincent de Paul Society

Archbishop Curtiss presents the Top Hat Awards to Coreen Miller and Don Kirschbaum.
Photo by St. Vincent de Paul Society
Two members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul were recognized for their work with the poor last month at the society's annual meeting in Omaha.

Don Kirschbaum and Coreen Miller were named recipients of the society's 'Top Hat" awards for 2005 for their compassion and service to the poor, following the example of Blessed Frederic Ozanam (society founder) and St. Vincent de Paul.

Kirschbaum, a member of the Holy Name conference, was honored for sharing his handyman skills with the poor and elderly, either by fixing items in need of repair or providing advice on contractors.

He has been active in the food pantry for Holy Name and the district council, assisted with the annual fund drive and distributed clothing for evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.

Miller is a past president of St. Bernard Conference and a leader at the district council. She was involved in the early building of the St. Vincent de Paul Family Shelter (now the Mary Catherine McAuley Center for Women and Families), and now makes visits to the poor and spends time helping other society members in service.

In her annual report from the district council, Barb Slaven, council president, called 2005 a challenging and rewarding year.  More than 1,600 people were assisted with clothing and coats and over 1,300 people received household items, transportation and other services.

Clients received more than $10,000 in direct aid and another $26,000 was distributed in aid to the conferences.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, who presided at a Mass before the meeting, called on the society members to continue their work of charity. He commended the society going about its work without a great deal of recognition or publicity.

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