In order to express our sacred appreciation, the 34th Annual All-Alumni Dinner began in the school chapel with the Alumni Association honoring Men of the Year and Alumni Hall of Fame honorees Don Liebentritt ’68, Pat Folliard ’73, and John Singler ’78. Jim Casey ’70, who conducted the honors ceremony, began by expressing regret and a call for prayers for Tom Mitchell ’63, who is recovering from serious illness and could not be with us. For more on why these great alumni were honored, click here.
Meanwhile, Mike McShane ’87 conducted a tour of the school for members of the Classes of 1968 and 1978, which led to separate receptions for classmates. All the other guests enjoyed their receptions inside the Carmody Center (BRHS Cafeteria), until 8:00 p.m., when the Brother Rice Band marched into the Center and then played the Fight Song, as the spotlight shifted to the Class of ’68 parading into a room full of alumni hailing their fellow Crusaders. Then, Ret. Colonel David Benjamin, Jr. ’68 led the singing of the National Anthem, accompanied by the band. Jim Casey introduced BRHS President Dr. Kevin Burns, who after extending a heart-warming welcome and expressing his appreciation for his service to Brother Rice, he called to the stage his friend, upcoming President Mark Donahue ’74.
Then, Casey introduced Master of Ceremonies Tom Gorman ’85, who immediately called to the stage and honored the four Junior of the Year Finalists – Liam Coughlin ’19, Tom Gallagher III ’19, Tim Novick ’19, Matt Reidy ’19 and the winner David Wolf ’19. For more about these outstanding representatives of today’s Crusaders click here. After Tom also called and honored the Men of the Year, he began the Split-the-Pot portion of the program in entertaining fashion, calling to stage George Hickey, father of Tom ’08 and John ’10, and husband of event planner extraordinaire Jan Hickey from the Alumni Office.
The pot was just over $5,000 and won by Larry Platt ’68, who donated it back, thereby covering next year’s Junior of the Year Scholarship fund.
The great time had by all continued for 2 1/2 more hours as friends and alumni spanning 50 years (1963 – 2013) enjoyed each other’s company in the Carmody Center.
Tom Elwood ’68 mentioned two takeaways: “Everyone was amazed at how such knuckleheads became so successful and we also realized our own mortality, looking at the empty chair display and seeing how many of our classmates have passed away.”