St. Charles Preparatory School was proud to host one of college basketball’s top analyst, ambassadors and supporter of cancer research, Mr. Dick Vitale, to a day-long visit to the campus September 8th as part of the second installment of the “An Evening With…” community event.
(Photo – Above) Event initiator Bob Walter ’63, (left) with Dick and Lorraine Vitale.
“An Evening With…” was initiated last year through the vision of 1963 alumnus Bob Walter. “Dick has been a national figure because of his love of basketball and his support of college athletics, but he has also been very supportive of the V Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. When presented with the invitation to speak to the St. Charles community, Dick readily accepted; he is excited for the chance to share his passion for Catholic education and for making it available to those who are willing, but are in need of a helping hand. He truly understands the mission of St. Charles Preparatory School,” Bob said.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Vitale met with the school’s 647 young men in the school gymnasium energizing them, as he did with the evening’s crowd of grown-ups, with his passion and enthusiasm. Mr. Vitale shared with the boys the same theme he touched on later that night: to always chase and never give up on your dreams, persevere when times get tough and to make good decisions. He said he can still hear his mother everyday saying to him: “Richie, don’t ever believe you ‘can’t’… don’t let ‘can’t’ be part of your life! You can be who you want to be. This is America!”
In the evening Dick appeared in the school’s Robert C. Walter Student Commons before more than 700 guests at a special dinner event that raised more than $625,000 for student financial aid. Several folks addressed the crowd, including Principal Jim Lower, St. Charles student Salvador Mercado and The Ohio State University’s Athletic Director, Gene Smith, who had the pleasure of introducing Mr. Vitale.
Tim Kelley, a member of the Class of 1976 and Chairman of the St. Charles Endowment Board, told the crowd that “there are two primary goals we hoped to achieve tonight: To welcome new friends and guests to our St. Charles community and to provide an experience that is a positive influence on the young men who walk these halls. The lessons and values our graduates learn — that I learned here in my high school days–are ones that we carry through the rest of our lives. Our graduates and our benefactors who provide financial support to sustain St. Charles, expect that the future leaders of our communities will come from this school. Your support tonight will provide significant help to boys from all neighborhoods and backgrounds to become difference-makers for generations to come. Again, I thank you.”
(Photo-Above) Development Officer Dan Tarpy (far left), Principal Jim Lower, and St. Charles Advisory Board member Dan Sullivan greet Dick Vitale on his arrival to St. Charles.
St. Charles is devoted to attracting boys from all economic and geographic backgrounds from Central Ohio. Ongoing support from St. Charles alumni and local community has made it possible for the school to extend $1.3 million in financial aid and an additional $3250,000 in academic scholarships to its students for this 2016-2017 school year.
The school has enjoyed some great the media coverage following Mr. Vitale’s visit to our campus:
–View Mr. Vitale’s website blog and see his post from his visit with the students: http://www.dickvitaleonline.com/?option=com_wordpress&Itemid=1
–View the coverage provided by WSYX/WTTX’s (ABC and Fox affiliates) Sports Director, Clay Hall, who attended Mr. Vitale’s afternoon presentation and taped an interview afterwards which aired later on both stations: http://abc6onyourside.com/sports/beyond-the-game/beyond-the-game-dicky-v-appearance-bolters-st-charles-prep-scholarship-fund
–Listen to his on air interview on 97.1 The Fan (ESPN Radio affiliate) with Anthony Rothman (host of the Carpenter and Rothman Show) and Bobby Carpenter (former OSU Buckeye Linebacker and former NFL linebacker): https://soundcloud.com/97-1-the-fan/dick-vitale-on-carpenter-and-rothman-9-8-16
–Read the Columbus Dispatch story by Adam Jardy that appeared in Friday’s edition: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2016/09/09/vitale-st-charles.html
St. Charles extends its sincere appreciation and thanks to those who helped support the event:
Hosts Peggy and Bob Walter;
Presenting sponsors: Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc., Donald W. Kelley & Associates, Inc., The Mackessy Family and Nickolas Savko & Sons;
Benefactor sponsors: The Corna Kokosing Construction Company; The DeAscentis Family, The Finn Family, Mairead Fyda, Paul & Renee Heller, Jim & Lisa Knox In Memory of their son, Thomas Knox, The Riat Family, Jack & Tim Ryan / Merrill Lynch, Trish & Tom ’92 Schindler, Benjamin & Jennifer Schlater, The Strickler & Montero Families and and Mary & Chuck Zebula.
Our special thanks also goes out to St. Charles Advisory Board member Dan Sullivan ’83 of HNS Sports Group, Development Secretary and Special Events Coordinator Cherri Taynor and Principal Jim Lower for their tireless efforts to bring this event together and make it such a great success! Thanks also to these folks: Apex, Berwick Catering, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, Event Source, HNS Sports Group, JoeLius Porter ’17, Live! Technologies, Marcy Design Group, Relevent Group, The Rick Brunetto Trio and West-Camp Press.
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