NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 1994 -- His Eminence, John Cardinal O'Connor, will be honored at The Salvation Army's Greater New York Annual Association Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 7, beginning at noon at The Sheraton New York in Manhattan.

Approximately 2,000 Association members and guests are expected to be in attendance to honor Cardinal O'Connor, who will receive the Pinnacle of Achievement Award for his many years of caring service and on behalf of the dedicated men and women of the Archdiocese of New York for their unending commitment to helping the needy of Greater New York.

The Pinnacle of Achievement Award is given annually to an individual or organization which have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic or humanitarian efforts.

Cardinal O'Connor has served as Archbishop of New York since 1984. As president and treasurer of the Archdiocese of New York, he oversees a network of more than 200 agencies and programs whose mission, he describes, is "to be the visible sign of the Corporal Works of Mercy within the church of New York."

The honoree will be given a traditional Salvationists' salute by the 35-member New York Staff Band and cadets from The Salvation Army's School for Officer Training in Suffern, N.Y. The salute will include special music and a colorful timbrel drill.

As part of the festive program, an annual report will be given through a spectacular multi-media presentation entitled "God's Rainbow," produced by Marsden Reproductions, Inc.

The luncheon will be chaired by James E. Preston, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., a member of The Salvation Army's Greater New York Advisory Board, and the event will be emceed by television newswoman Cora-Ann Mihalik.

Delivering the Christmas message will be Colonel Edward Fritz, Chief Secretary for The Salvation Army's 11-state Eastern Territory.

The program will be filled with festive pageantry and the music of The New York Staff Band and Chorus. And, as the luncheon concludes, everyone will be led in the traditional singing of "Onward, Christian Soldiers" by Major William H. LaMarr, General Secretary for The Salvation Army's Greater New York Division.

As a tribute to The Salvation Army's multicultural ministry in Greater New York, the invocation will be given in Spanish, Korean, French, Chinese and English.

For more information, contact Craig Evans at 212-337-7212. -0- 12/6/94 CONTACT: Craig H. Evans, Director, 212-337-7212, or (home) 201-759-7598; Anne T. Brown, Director, Broadcast Media Relations, 212-337-7213, or (home) 212-243-8384, or Eddie O'Jay, Borough Media Representative, 212-337-7348, or (home) 212-862-4429 all of The Salvation Army

Posted by: Pete Bennett - The Issachar Project

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