Little Flower Celebrates 85 Years and Its Honorees at The Monsignor John T. Fagan Awards Dinner

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Master of Ceremonies Elisa DiStefano

Liza Huber Hesterberg, Patrick J. Clarke, Grace G. Lo GrandeLittle Flower Children and Family Services of New York, one of the largest and most respected agencies providing critical programs and services to children, families and adults with developmental disabilities in New York City and across Long Island, celebrated its 85th Anniversary at the Monsignor John T. Fagan Awards.  The annual fundraiser honored Liza Huber Hesterberg, CEO and Founder, Sage Spoonfuls with the Humanitarian Award and Patrick J. Clarke, Owner, Celtic General Contractors, with the Service Award.  The event was held at Guastavino’s and was emceed by Elisa DiStefano, News 12 Long Island anchor.

The evening consisted of cocktails, a silent and live auction, dinner and award ceremony.  This year’s Honorary Chairs were award winning actress and star of Devious Maids, Susan Lucci and her husband Helmut Huber.  Co-chairs included Barry B. Clarke, Alex Hesterberg, Larry Wohl and Frank Zimbaro.  The night was topped off with an inspiring speech from Shakeria Rodriguez, foster youth in the Little Flower Mother/Baby program.

Executive Director, Grace G. Lo Grande said, “I am honored and proud to stand beside this year’s honorees.  Both represent the long-standing commitment and dedication of generations of individuals and companies who have helped to keep our founder Msgr. Bernard Quinn’s dream alive for 85 years.”

The Awards Dinner, renamed in 2012 in honor of Msgr. John T. Fagan under whose direction Little Flower grew and prospered into one of the largest child welfare agencies in New York State, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Little Flower, their community and the lives of those less fortunate.


About Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York ( For 85 years Little Flower has been guided by the mission to provide hope and help to thousands of people every year.  In 2014 alone we managed the successful adoption of 60 children into new families, served 905 children in loving foster families, cared for 137 children in the Residential Treatment and Respite Centers, helped 132 children return to their own families, assisted 44 young adults to begin life on their own, provided preventative service to 33 teens in foster care, served 215 young adults in our Bridges to Health Program, and helped 351 adults with developmental disabilities to lead more rewarding lives.