(left to right) CIFI Installation Officer Dennis Wallin; New CIFI
Chairman Dennis Berberich; Executive Vice-President of the
Calvary Fund Inc., Tim Barr; and New CIFI President Chris Guzman
Catholic Institute of the Food Industry Donates to Calvary Hospital & Catholic Faith Network
by Joe Nunziata
They say that volunteers don’t necessarily have the time … but they certainly have the heart. Well since 1946, an organization known as the Catholic Institute of the Food Industry (CIFI) and its busy members have been volunteering for exemplary causes that continue to make a considerable impact on society. On February 9th they held their annual Installation Gala and Dinner-Dance Fundraiser that included the end of a successful second term of Pelham’s own Dennis Berberich, and the induction of its new President Christopher Guzman. The highlight of the evening was the donation to both Calvary Hospital, presented to Calvary’s Executive Vice President of the Calvary Fund, Inc. Timothy P. Barr, and the Catholic Faith Network.
According to Berberich, “We have seen first-hand the difference Calvary Hospital and the Catholic Family Network make. We are extremely proud to assist these tremendous organizations in their efforts to provide countless individuals and families with an enhanced quality of life.”
For 30 years the CIFI has been a stakeholder in Calvary Hospital - the world leader in end of life care - donating almost $1.5 million dollars during that time. Calvary’s unique Family Care Center, a Bereavement Program, and many art and music therapeutic programs which are not covered by insurance, are the very components that make Calvary so special.
The Catholic Faith Network (formerly known as Telecare) provides more than 14 million viewers with TV telecasts of Catholic Masses, projects and other ventures that bring the Catholic Church into the homes of those who are unable to attend in person. It continues to provide a strong spiritual link – and dedicated spirit of faith and love - between the individuals and families and the Church.
For two years as the CIFI President, Berberich (now elevated to Chairman of the Board) has demonstrated business acumen, civic leadership and humanitarianism. He followed in the footsteps of his late father, Dennis Sr., who was past President of the CIFI, tirelessly working to raise money for the organization and its beneficiaries. A beverage industry executive with over three decades of experience in the business, he spearheads his own consulting company - DMB Consulting. He continues to volunteer for many charitable causes, including working closely with Calvary Hospital, being Co-Chair of Calvary’s Annual Golf and Tennis Fundraiser in his father’s memory; he is Deputy Grand Night of the Larchmont Chapter of the Knights of Columbus; and participates in Pelham Civic Association’s Needy Cases Program for individual and families in need. He has passed the baton onto an exemplary member and leader in the CIFI, Christopher Guzman, stating, “We are so very encouraged that Chris will not only be sustaining our many programs, projects and events, but going above and beyond to bring the CIFI to new levels of benevolence for those in need.”
The Installation Officer was Dennis Wallin. The Dinner Chairman was Matt DeRupo, who was also installed as this year’s VP. For more information on the CIFI, contact Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org