The Eighth Annual John Cardinal Wright Awards Banquet was August 22nd, 2010 at 6:00pm. This year, the Awards Banquet was held at Westwood Golf Course, West Mifflin PA. Westwood Golf Course was better known for more than 70 years as the Duquesne Country Club.
Cardinal Dan DiNardo presents the first John Cardinal Wright Award to his fellow St. Paul's Seminary classmate, Bishop of Pittsburgh, David A. Zubik.
Fr. Dan introduces some of the people that have gone on trips to Kentucky to build, rebuild, and repair homes in Appalachia.
Fr. Dan's Fan Club
With the largest turnout ever, the evening started with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.... and a 50/50 raffle.
With 200 people attending, a buffet dinner of penne marinara, crab stuffed sole,
and chicken marsala, along with a prime rib carving station.
After dinner, and before the awards, MC Ange Spagnolo tells a story about a construction
site, next to a convent...Norb Sieber, Dan Carroll, and Tony Fisher look over an old yearbook, and Dick Welsh checks out the sports memoribilia.
Bishop Zubik thanks the Cardinal for the award and delivers a moving talk about the Latin School and vocations.
The second John Cardinal Wright Award is presented by John Ridilla to his Latin School classmate, Fr. Dan Sweeney.
The third John Cardinal Wright award is presented by Angelo Spagnolo to his good friend, Mr. Alby Oxenreiter for all his charity work done throughout the area.
He serves as the annual emcee for the Golden Apple Awards, which recognizes outstanding teachers in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, and for the North Side Friends and Neighbors Sports Gala benefiting Cardinal Wright Regional School.
Alby is active with the Multiple Sclerosis Service Society. He currently sits on the MSSS Advisory Board, and hosts the annual Alby Oxenreiter Golf Classic to benefit the MSSS.
Alby has been involved in a board or advisory role for the SW PA Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Southwinds, the Arthritis Foundation of Western PA and Depaul Institute. Alby worked with the St. Anthony’s School programs for special needs children.
Mater Mea, Saxum Meum Award
My Mother, My Rock
Fr. Dave Schorr nominated and presented this years award to Mrs. Grace Spagnolo.
Bishop Zubik, upon his departure, entrusted the closing prayer to Fr. Lou Vallone, 'BLS class of 1965.
After a very moving prayer, Fr. Lou Vallone stated that this is the first time the Bishop has entrusted him with anything that did not come with at least $1,000,000 of debt.
Plans have already begun for next year's Mass and Dinner. We would like to thank all who attended. You make the Bishop's Latin School Alumni Association a viable organization to help support vocations in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Bishop Zubik and Cardinal DiNardo at St. Paul's Seminary.