Sr. Caritas to Be Honored at Annual Omar Pace Gala

SPRINGFIELD — This year’s American Cancer Society Omar T. Pac MD, Award, a prestigious honor awarded for the past 13 years to community leaders who have significantly contributed to the fight against cancer, will be presented to Sister of Providence, Mary Caritas, SP, at the Omar T. Pace, MD, Gala on Saturday, May 13, at the MassMutual Center.

Sr. Mary Caritas previously served as president of the Sisters of Providence congregation, and as president of Mercy Hospital, now Mercy Medical Center, in Springfield. Actively retired, Sr. Caritas continues serving on numerous national, regional, and local boards, and is an advocate for critical health care policy matters such as: health care for the poor, and health care reform.

Since 1992, the American Cancer Society has honored those individuals throughout Western Mass. who, like Pace and Caritas, have made a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Now in its 14th year, the Omar T. Pace event has raised more than $500,000 to benefit the society’s programs of research, education, advocacy, and patient services. A portion of the funds raised from this year’s event will benefit Camp Rising Sun, one of three New England overnight camps for children coping with cancer.

Gary Fialky, Esq., partner with the Springfield law firm Bacon & Wilson, P.C. and David Glidden, regional president of TD Banknorth are serving as this year’s voluntary chairmen. Both Fialky and Glidden are past recipients of Omar T. Pace MD Award.

Event sponsorships, underwriting opportunities, and individual tickets are available for this year’s gala by contacting Mary Howell at mary.howell@cancer.org, or (413) 493-2122.

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