Top Hat


3730 AUBURN BLVD., Sacramento 
(East of Watt Ave.)

Social Hour: 4:00 - 5:30 pm ~ Hors d’oeuvres, No Host Bar
Raffle & Gift Baskets
Buffet Dinner: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Awards: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

What is the Top Hat Dinner?
The Top Hat Dinner is our annual dinner to recognize and honor extraordinary contributions by our peers in service and in a spirit of fellowship as Vincentians.

The Ozanam Award is presented by the Sacramento Council on the nomination of the conference presidents.  It is important to recognize those among us who inspire us and others to continue to strive to seek and live the Vincentian Vocation.  The Ozanam Award, named after Frederic Ozanam, the Society’s principal founder, is such recognition.

The Blessed Sister Rosalie Rendu Award is the highest bestowed upon a conference.   It is named after a Daughter of Charity who was performing Vincentian acts of charity in Paris before the first conference was even formed. It was to Sister Rosalie that Frederic Ozanam and his companions turned to learn how to serve those in need.

The St. Louise de Marillac Award recognizes an active member for exemplifying Vincentian virtues through consistent dedication and service that results in a service, program, or project on behalf of the poor. This award recalls the faithful dedication and organized services directed by St. Louise de Marillac, who worked in concert with the patron saint of charity, St. Vincent de Paul. Established in 2018, this award is selected by the Council President.  

The Founders Award recognizes recognizes the person or persons who established a conference with the goal of serving the poor through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This award was established in 2019 in recognition of the Council's 65th anniversary of incorporation in the Sacramento Diocese. This award is selected by the Council President.

The Emmanuel Bailly Award recognizes a conference or council president for exemplary servant leadership in the manner of Emmanuel Bailly, the Society’s first conference president. Established in 2014, this award is selected by the Council President.

The Top Hat Award, so named to honor the Society’s principal founder, Frederic Ozanam, who was known to wear a top hat in the style of 19th Century Paris, is presented each year to recognize-- in Vincentian fellowship-- an individual from among us, who, in the model of Frederic Ozanam, has demonstrated exemplary Vincentian virtues in service to the poor.

Top Hat Award
Marylee Johnson 2019
Kevin Darr 2018
Inez Reyes 2017
Craig Shaw 2016
Phil Neiderberger 2015
Jay Barry 2014

Emmanuel Bailly President's Award
Dot O'Connor 2019
James Toner 2018
Paul Starkey 2017
Ron Morin  2016
Dr. Tom Stanko, M.D. 2015
John Hallissy 2014

St. Louise de Marillac Award
Marion Bishop 2019
Joe Alves 2018

Founders Award
Joe Kroner & Pierre Bidou, St. Dominic, Benicia 2019

Bl. Sr. Rosalie Rendu Conference Award
Our Divine Savior,Chico 2019
St. Joseph Conference, Redding 2018
Holy Spirit Conference, Sacramento 2017
Immaculate Conception Conference, Sacramento 2016
St. Martin Conference, Esparto 2015
Holy Family Conference, Weed 2014

Dinner Programs listing Ozanam Award Recipients
agenda program 2018              photos 2018
agenda program 2016


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