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May 07. 2014 4:09PM

Seacoast couple to chair Catholic Bishop Libasci’s charitable campaign


Bishop Libasci, center, with Thomas and Devin Farrelly. 

MANCHESTER — The Most Rev. Peter A. Libasci, bishop of Manchester, has appointed Thomas and Devin Farrelly as co-chairs of this year’s annual Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund campaign.

The fund is a not-for-profit organization within the Catholic Church in New Hampshire. It enables the bishop, through a board of directors, to make grants to not-for-profit organizations without regard to religious affiliation for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs.

Each year, the bishop hosts a summer reception at Trudel House and the proceeds provide the means for the fund to make its grants.

“We have attended the summer reception many times,” said Tom Farrelly. “The event is a great evening, but what makes it special is that we know that the bishop and board of directors of the BCAF do such great work. Devin and I are honored that Bishop Libasci has asked us to serve as co-chairs. We are committed to continue the success the fund has experienced since it began in 1985.”

Tom Farrelly is executive director of Cushman & Wakefield of New Hampshire, Inc. He is a five-time winner of C&W’s national “Top 100 Brokers” award and is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

He is a recent past president of that organization’s New England chapter and serves on SIOR’s National Board as a regional director.

Devin Farrelly is a registered nurse who divides her time between caring for the couple’s three children and volunteer work. She is a past member of the Diocesan School Board.

The Farrellys live in Rye and are members of Saint Theresa Parish. Their children attend Sacred Heart School in Hampton and Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover.

The summer reception will be held on Sept. 4 at Trudel House in Manchester. Supporters making a contribution of $500 and up are invited to attend the reception with Bishop Libasci.

Since its inception in 1985, the fund has raised more than $5 million. More information about the reception and the bishop’s assistance fund can be found at www.catholicnh.org/bcaf.


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