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Hannons receive Legacy of Love award

Dec 12, 2019 11:23AM ● By Carolyn Henwood

Suzy and Dr. Steve Hannon

During the recent Grazie Mille Gala, Regina Moody Holy Angels President/CEO, presented the Legacy of Love award to Dr. Steve and Suzy Hannon.  

Suzy and Steve Hannon, who are parents and grandparents, are known around Gaston County as the dynamic duo, brought the idea of an Italian fundraising event to Holy Angels 10 years ago. During a trip to Italy they met Mimma Ferrando and Franca Gatteschi, two sisters who offered cooking experiences in their homes.  They invited the two Italian mamas from Chianti, Italy to help support Holy Angels through an Italian fundraising event now knows as a Grazie Mille (a 1000 thanks) Gala.  

According to Moody, “This year we are celebrating Suzy and Steve not only for what they brought to Holy Angels through the Grazie Mille event but also for what they have done for the past 35 years.  I think their legacy is that of love, care, compassion and mercy.”

Their impact on Holy Angels encompasses their love, care, generous hearts, and advocacy.  They dream big, seeing many possibilities for Holy Angels and the people served there. For over 35 years they have been faithful supporters of the mission and ministry, sharing Holy Angels’ story with family and friends.  

Their son, Justin Hannon, said this about his parents:  “They both have huge hearts.  I think they have seen the power that if you can impact one person the ripple effect that can happen.”

The Hannons have made a difference – not only for Holy Angels but in the community as well.  Founder of Hannon Orthodontics (35+ years ago) Steve Hannon has served as the board chair for Tech Works in Belmont since their incorporation in 2016.  Suzy Hannon served as the director for the American Field Service for 25 years assisting students in experiences as foreign exchange students.  She also served for 10 years on the Gastonia Sister City Committee. They consistently share their time, talents and treasures.  Through their love, compassionate care and giving spirits they have left a lasting legacy at Holy Angels.

The Hannons stated they were most appreciative and humbled in receiving this award.  Suzy, speaking for them, stated, “We feel the best thing we can do is to invite people to get to know Holy Angels, get young people to pass the torch on, tell your friends. This is a call for human kind.  Help us get the word out.  That’s the best way we can say thank you for this award.”

The Legacy of Love Award – recognizes an individual or group who have made a difference at Holy Angels for the individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities who are served at Holy Angels – leaving a legacy that will be long remembered.

Holy Angels was founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Mercy.  The private, nonprofit corporation located in Belmont, NC, provides residential services and innovative programs for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities with delicate medical conditions.  

To learn more about Holy Angels, join Holy Angels caring team or to volunteer, please call 704.825.4161 or visit Holy Angels website at