Our Lady of the Skies Luncheon

Our Lady of the Skies Luncheon
Klaudia Fitzgerald, Lady of the Skies honoree, flanked by Termonal One business partners, Korean Air Station Manager Mr. Jong Sim; T1 Operations Director Steve Rowland; T1 Financial Director, Manoj Pate; General Council Lufthansa Arthur Molins; COO Air France JFK, Jacques Malot and JAL JFK Director of Flight Operations Joe Gutierrez.
Photo by Jeff Yapalater

Sixty-three years ago the Our lady of the Skies Chapel opened at JFK Airport, then called Idelwild. This October the Chapel celebrated the 2018 Annual Luncheon sponsored by the Catholic Guild of JFK Airport. As in recent years, this was an occasion both to recognize men and women who exemplify achievement in our aviation community, as well as to present young people the Yolan DePhillips scholarship co-sponsored by Terminal 4 JFKIAT, for continuing education.

This years recipients of the special recognition were Tyler Morse CEO of the new TWA Hotel, Terminal One Landside Manager Klaudia Fitzgerald and Bishop Chappetto, Vicar General Diocese of Brooklyn.

All honorees shared the same sentiments of personal appreciation from the Chapel, Church, friends and co-workers. Fitzgerald thanked her mother for their emigration to the USA when she was young. She also gave profuse thanks to her co-workers at Terminal One. Morse took the opportunity to share interesting historic tidbits about JFK Airport, its iconic TWA terminal and the soon-to-be TWA Hotel.

This gathering is symbolic of the spirit of camaraderie, professional bonding and belief in the good that does and can exist in the world as evidenced through its generous donation of two $4,000 scholarship to two deserving young people; Alexis Groark and Genesis Milleni Azor.

Father Chris Piasta of the Chapel said, ” We are grateful for all the support from all our friends at the airport…it is because of your support that we proudly serve JFK and LGA for over six decades”.

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