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47th Murray House Dinner Dance - 2/19

The Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) will be hosting their 47th Annual Murray House Dinner Dance at the Brownstone, in Paterson on February 19th2017.  This is the longest existing Annual (Paterson) Diocese Event that supports Catholic Charities. 

Murray House is one of DPD’s 12 residential programs, located in Clifton.  Murray House is the longest running group home in the state of New Jersey serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Six people call this house "home".

Murray House opened in 1971 in Paterson and was a pioneer program in the State of New Jersey. The home is named after Jimmy Murray. Jimmy was a vibrant young man with disabilities who passed away at the age of 18,  right around the time when this program was built.  Jimmy's siblings, nieces, nephews and extended family members continue to stay active with DPD after all of these years.

Each year, approximately 400 people, including service recipients, volunteers, staff members, Diocesan representatives and clergy, local politicians, Knights of Columbus and DPD supporters attend this gala and award ceremony.    

his year, the Department for Persons with Disabilities will be honoring the following supporters: Joseph F Duffy, Person of the Year; Jennifer Minervino, Marilyn Murray Keenan Award (Volunteer of the Year), and the Clifton Police and Fire Departments, Public Servants of the Year.  In addition, DPD will honor an Employee of the Year; a Frank X. Graves Award recipient (Service Recipient of the Year); 4 Jim and Kit Murray Outstanding Achievement Awards will also be presented to individuals who live in DPD’s programs.  These awards will be given as surprises to those being honored.   

Throughout the last 50 years, Joseph F. Duffy has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people including those who are served by DPD.  Joe retired as the President of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson in 2016. He also served as the Executive Director of Straight and Narrow, Inc., the largest comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment program in New Jersey. Joe served as President of the Boards of Trustees of the three Catholic Charities Agencies in the Diocese which included Catholic Family and Community Services, Department for Persons with Disabilities and Straight & Narrow. He was also responsible for the Diocese’s Migrant Ministry, and Catholic Charities Development programs.

Throughout Joe’s 50 years of service, he has sat on numerous local and national nonprofit boards, has been recognized by several organizations for his dedication to helping those less fortunate, and has helped with development work and emergency assistance programs in over 100 countries around the world. 

Jennifer (Jenn) Minervino, is relatively new to the DPD Family, but her dedication over the last 2 years is unmatched.  For over a year, she has been co-leading the Fight for the Right Community Service Group. She helped reinvigorate this group and throughout the last year has helped them with numerous volunteer projects including: police appreciation initiatives, pet product drives, providing support for pregnant mothers in shelters and giving back to the poor and sick.  Jenn has also helped fundraise, specifically for the Wiegand Farm Golf Classic; bringing in numerous new donors, sponsors, volunteers and advocates. She helped this event raise over $100,000 in 2016.

This will be the first year that DPD will be recognizing public servants and is proud to honor the Clifton Police and Fire Departments as the Inaugural Public Servants of the Year.  Throughout the last 25 years, both the Clifton Police Department and the Clifton Fire Department have kept Murray House safe and secure. On a weekly basis both Departments respond to various emergencies at Murray House and have always done so in a manner that is diligent, courteous and kind.  Both Departments serve with care, compassion, dignity and strength.  

To purchase tickets to the event, take out an ad in the souvenir journal or sponsor an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend the gala visit or call Development Director Chris Brancato at (973) 406-1104