Corcoran Awards Celebrated

2011 Corcoran Awards Presented Thursday, February 10

(Columbus) St. Vincent Family Center presented the 2011 Corcoran Awards to five outstanding community leaders and one organization on Thursday, February 10, at the Fourth Annual Corcoran Awards Luncheon, at the Hyatt Regency, 350 North High Street, at 12:00 noon.

The award recipients were Melinda Taylor Swan, Associate Vice President of University Communications at The Ohio State University; Carl English, Chief Operating Officer of AEP; Mary Ginn and Bob Ryan, Founders of the S.P.I.C.E. program (Special People in Catholic Education); Meredith Crane, Founder of Deaf Initiatives; Elaine and Nathan Goldberg, Founders of Melissa’s House, and the corporation honored at the Corcoran Awards was Xerox.

The Corcoran Awards was established by St. Vincent Family Center in 2007 to honor the life’s work of Monsignor Lawrence Corcoran. Awards were presented in the five areas of service for which the Monsignor was best known.  Monsignor Corcoran was founder of several local social service agencies including Maryhaven and Diocesan Child Guidance Center, which merged with St. Vincent Children’s Center in 1996 to become St. Vincent Family Center.  

Each of the 2011 Corcoran Award recipients is well known within his/her area of service and throughout the central Ohio community.  The Corcoran Award for behavioral health was presented to Elaine and Nathan Goldberg for their extraordinary efforts in providing a permanent safe-haven for adults struggling with behavioral health challenges.

Melinda Taylor Swan received the Corcoran Award for Social Justice for her dedication to fighting domestic violence and her commitment to ending hunger in the central Ohio community.

Mary Ginn and Bob Ryan were the recipients of the Corcoran Award for Catholic Causes for their advocacy work in the Catholic school system to support the education of children with disabilities.

Carl English was the recipient of the Corcoran Award for Children’s Causes for his tireless work with the Direction for Youth and Family board and his leadership on the “We believe in Kids” capital campaign.

The Corcoran Award for Education was presented to Meredith Crane, a leader in the deaf community and an advocate for deaf children. 

The first St. Vincent Family Center Board of Trustees Award was presented to Xerox for their unwavering support to the school age children at St. Vincent that spans more than 20 years.