On Wednesday, November 19, Vestry Member Evan Davis was an honoree at the annual Episcopal Charities Tribute Dinner. Evan was honored for his leadership within Church at Heavenly Rest, Trinity Church Wall Street, and on the Episcopal Charities Board—as well as for his service to New York over many years. Heavenly Rest Warden John Hitchcock was a co-chair of the dinner and several parishioners were in attendance. Below, you may read Evan’s remarks that evening. Congratulations to Evan on this well-deserved honor.
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Remarks of Evan A. Davis at Episcopal Charities Tribute Dinner, November 19, 2014
Thank you Bill. [ William Lupfer, Rector-elect, Trinity Wall Street.]
I very much appreciate the time that you have taken to learn about me particularly with all that you have to do as you prepare to embark on your new duties as the 18th Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street. Amazingly, Trinity has only had 17 Rectors since 1697. I also appreciate your very generous words.
Please let me introduce my family. I was going to say that my oldest daughter Sara is in Houston for her freshman year at Rice University. In a very big surprise, however, she arrived this afternoon for this event and will return tomorrow morning. My wife Mary and our daughters Charlotte and Phoebe are also her as are my brothers Owen and Jonathan.
Mary is a lawyer who chose New York for her legal career specifically to work for the legal aid society and is now editing the next edition of the Leading Lawyers’ Handbook on Domestic Violence.
Sara, Charlotte and Phoebe are all excellent students. Sara is pursuing statistics and Asian studies. Charlotte and Phoebe are musically gifted. Charlotte as a classical pianist and Phoebe as a singer who accompanies herself on the piano. Charlotte loves to study dance; Phoebe loves to go on wilderness canoe trips in Northern Canada. Mary is my true love and companion. Among all else that there is to love, I love her sense of humor, and the fact she is never boring.
I also want to thank my co-chairs: John Hitchcock, a warden at Heavenly Rest Church and Jon Blackman, a partner at Cleary Gottlieb and like me, a litigator.
I especially want to pay tribute to Episcopal Charities. My gratitude for the work of Episcopal Charities makes this honor so important to me. Episcopal Charities is the consistently best run non-profit with which I have been involved. Our board and staff leadership is superlative thanks largely to Cecil Wray and Doug Mercer and now John Talty, our Board Presidents, we have a tradition of solid and effective governance.
We give great value for your contributions to our work to meet the basic human needs of those who live in great poverty and to provide opportunity to young people to increase the chance that they can move out of such poverty.
Our staff is lean, three people plus two interns, and we leverage them, as well as your contributions, with the efforts of over 4,000 volunteers providing meals and support to the homeless, manning pantries that help families make up for reduced food stamp availability, being a helping hand at afterschool programs that develop study habits and also offer the music and arts education no longer available at many public schools. Last year the programs we fund served over 6.5 million meals.