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Dawn Law
| Sunday, May 28, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
from left), Adelphoi board chair, Blair Kucinski, and his wife Joan, pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
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from left), Adelphoi board chair, Blair Kucinski, and his wife Joan, pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
from left), Adelphoi CEO, Nancy Kukovich, joins Ashley Majorsky, Adelphoi alumnus, for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
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from left), Adelphoi CEO, Nancy Kukovich, joins Ashley Majorsky, Adelphoi alumnus, for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
from left), Ralph and Donna Liberatore pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
from left), Ralph and Donna Liberatore pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
from left), Allen Kukovich, Ali Kukovich, Nancy Kukovich, Adelphoi CEO, and Josh Marks, gather for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
from left), Allen Kukovich, Ali Kukovich, Nancy Kukovich, Adelphoi CEO, and Josh Marks, gather for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
from left), Eric and Michele Bononi pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
from left), Eric and Michele Bononi pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
from left), Richard and Joanna Stillwagon pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
from left), Richard and Joanna Stillwagon pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
from left), Kathy and Jim Bendel pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
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from left), Kathy and Jim Bendel pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
Previous honorees,(from left), James Rutkowski, Sr. and Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
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Previous honorees,(from left), James Rutkowski, Sr. and Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., pose for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
Honorees representing Arnold Palmer Enterprises,(from left), Bob Demangone and Debbie Messich, join Kit Palmer for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
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Honorees representing Arnold Palmer Enterprises,(from left), Bob Demangone and Debbie Messich, join Kit Palmer for a photo, at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
(from left), Karin Mayr, founder and president of Sabika, and her husband, Konrad, pose for a photo at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Karin Mayr, founder and president of Sabika, and her husband, Konrad, pose for a photo at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
(from left), Jessica Marazza, committee member, Carol Palcic, event coordinator, and Karyn Pratt, director of marketing and development for Adelphoi, gather for a photo at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Jessica Marazza, committee member, Carol Palcic, event coordinator, and Karyn Pratt, director of marketing and development for Adelphoi, gather for a photo at the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope reception and auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017.

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.

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