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Catholic Lawyers honor Lucy DiSalvo during Shrove Tuesday event

February 10, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Lucy DiSalvo (center) with her uncle Leo Cosentino and mother Lucinda Cosentino. Eagle photos by Mario Belluomo

The Catholic Lawyers Guild Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brooklyn Heights followed by a feast at the Brooklyn Bar Association honoring the group’s Executive Director Lucinda DiSalvo.

One-hundred-and-fifteen guests attended the celebration for DiSalvo, packing the bar association building. Organizers did not expect a crowd so large and had to make a second trip to Marco Polo, who catered the event, so that everyone could partake in the feast.

“Thank you all for attending and thank you very much for your continued support,” said Hon. Lizette Colon, president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild. “It’s wonderful, and I know the reason that everyone is here is because we are honoring the incomparable Lucy DiSalvo.”

DiSalvo has worked in the court system since 1999. She is beloved by many within the Brooklyn legal community as she contributes her time and efforts not just to the Catholic Lawyers Guild, but to the Columbian Lawyers, the Nathan R. Sobel Inn of Court, the Kings County Association of Secretaries, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association as well. DiSalvo is so generous with her time that there is no mistaking who “Lucy” is when she is referenced in any of the Brooklyn courthouses.

“Lucy DiSalvo is one of the people that makes things happen,” said Hon. Ellen M. Spodek. “She goes above and beyond for everything. People always come to Lucy for help.”

DiSalvo was emotional while accepting her plaque from Judges Spodek and Colon.

“I am truly honored to be among the distinguished past recipients,” DiSalvo said while fighting back tears. “I have been associated with this organization for many years and fully embrace their purpose and goal. I did not make the journey here alone. I am blessed with an amazing and supportive family who has walked beside me in my desire to be the best person I can be.”

Because it was Shrove Tuesday, the feast at the event was especially fitting. Shrove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday and is often celebrated with a lot of food. The feast was sponsored by members Dominic Famulari, Sara J. Gozo, Gregory M. LaSpina, Joseph Rosato, Dean Delianites and Bruno Codispoti, as well as Investor’s Bank.

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“In honor of Shrove Tuesday, I had pancakes this morning, but I realized that I can have pancakes next week because I’m not Catholic,” Spodek joked.

“In solidarity, I wanted to help you celebrate because I think that’s what’s so nice about the Brooklyn legal community,” Spodek said. “We have the Catholic Lawyers Guild, we have the Columbian Lawyers, we have the Brooklyn Bar and the Brandeis Society, and everyone is included in every event.”

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