Out & About: Adelphoi Spirit of Hope Award reception
A flash mob of Stage Right Sensations took control of the Adelphoi Spirit of Hope Award reception May 21 at the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Dressed in red and black, they formed a circle among the tables, and rapped “My Shot” from “Hamilton.”
“Hey yo, I'm just like my country
I'm young, scrappy, and hungry
And I'm not throwing away my shot …”
Stage Right's artistic director,Anthony Marino, grinned as he watched the youthful tribute to Arnold Palmer, a man known for never throwing away his shot, Marino said.
Doc Giffin, Bob Demangone, Gina Varrone and Debbie Messich, with Arnold Palmer Enterprises, were the recipients of the 2017 Adelphoi Arnold Palmer Spirit of Hope Award, given annually to those who inspire youth to develop and achieve goals.
Karyn Pratt, director of marketing with Adelphoi, said the recipients were the team behind Palmer and his unwavering support.
“It's a huge loss, and you can feel it here,” Pratt said. “Anytime we asked for something, he was there. He was very invested in the kids and families at Adelphoi.”
Adelphoi's 20-acre Latrobe campus is undergoing extensive renovations and program expansions that include career preparation and tuition assistance with eight cooperating community colleges. Adelphoi operates in 30 counties, employs 650 people and serves 2,500 youth and families annually.
“We're larger than people realize we are,” Pratt said.
Emcee was Father Paul Taylor, with comments by Adelphoi CEONancy Kukovich and Adelphoi alum Ashley Majorsky.
Seen: Kit Palmer, Bill Hillgrove, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, Ralph Liberatore, Konrad andKarin Mayr, Carol Palcic, Jessica Marazza, Ed DePasquale, Pat andKim Dickert Wallace, Paul Plucker, Bill andPhil Dymond, Anita Manoli, Eric andMichele Bononi, Nick andMary Senuta, Chuck andNancy Anderson, Josie Funari, Allen Kukovich, Josh Marks and recent college grad, Ali Kukovich.
Dawn Law is a contributing writer.