Holy Child Virtual Awards Dinner


2021 Holy Child Virtual Awards Dinner
March 18, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

The Thirteenth Annual Holy Child Awards Dinner will be a virtual event on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Please join the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus as we honor Margaret R. Dalesandro, Ph.D., Palmer A Dalesandro, and Kimberly Curtis.

You can support the Holy Child Virtual Awards Dinner with a sponsorship, program book, and/or ticket purchase.

Virtual ticket requests must be received by March 11, 2021.

Sponsorship and Program Book responses and artwork must be received by February 8, 2021.


The annual Holy Child Awards Dinner serves to recognize individuals handing on the spirit of Cornelia Connelly and living the Holy Child tradition of services to “meet the wants of the age.” Proceeds from the event benefit the Society’s educational, social justice, and spiritual and healing ministries.

For any questions, please contact Joanna Pelizzoni, Director of Annual Fund and Events, at 610-626-1400 x315 or jpelizzoni@shcj.org.


Margaret R. Dalesandro, Ph.D., and Palmer A. Dalesandro

Faith in Action Honorees

Exemplifying the generosity, love, and service characteristic of Cornelia Connelly, Margaret and Palmer Dalesandro have served their church and community with a “love full of action,” while embarking on successful careers in academia and business.

A graduate of Holy Child Academy, Sharon Hill, Pa., and Rosemont College, Margaret received her doctorate in biochemistry from Bryn Mawr College and completed post-doctoral work in immunology at Wake Forest University. She is founder and president of Brecon Pharma Consulting LLC, a full-service pharmaceutical and biotech consultancy firm, as well as serves on several boards and committees, including the Finance Committee for the Society of the Holy Child Jesus – American Province.

Palmer, a Villanova University graduate, is a retired vice president of Capgemini Consulting. He has held executive-level positions at Ernst & Young, Merck, and Thomas Jefferson University. He was also associate dean of Wake Forest University Medical Center and founding Chairman and Trustee of the Board of Devon Preparatory School, a ministry of the Piarist Fathers and his son’s alma mater.

Committed to service, Margaret and Palmer are active volunteers at Providence Center, a Holy Child Jesus ministry that helps people from some of Philadelphia’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods to transform their lives and community through education. They also serve their parish and community through a variety of roles and local organizations.

Margaret and Palmer have been married for 52 years and are the proud parents of three children and four grandchildren.


Kimberly Curtis

Holy Child Spirit Honoree

In the spirit of the Holy Child, Kimberly Curtis, a 2005 graduate of Holy Child Academy, Drexel Hill, Pa., spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a housing advocate, after graduating from Boston College in 2013. This experience opened her eyes to the affordable housing crisis in the United States and sparked her desire to serve those living in poverty and experiencing homelessness.

Kim’s commitment to public service led her to internships at the White House, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. She has contributed to pro bono projects with the Virginia Innocence Project and Virginia Poverty Law Center. She is an active volunteer at the local shelter.

Currently, Kim is pursuing a dual degree in law and public policy from the University of Virginia, where she is enrolled in the JD/MPP program at UVA’s School of Law and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. After graduating in May 2021, she will join a small firm in Washington, D.C., that focuses on the development of affordable housing.

Kim’s desire to serve the community can be traced to her days at Holy Child Academy, where she embraced Cornelia Connelly’s motto “action not words.” She is grateful to the Holy Child Sisters and the Holy Child Academy community for instilling in her a passion for service and Catholic values.



Do you know an individual in the New York, Pennsylvania, or California area that meets the criteria for the Faith in Action Award or Holy Child Spirit Award? Submit your nomination today.

Past Honorees

The Awards Dinner annually recognizes individuals who carry the Holy Child spirit and service to meet the wants of the age. Read more about past honorees here.


Enjoy slideshows from past Holy Child Awards Dinner!