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Arnold Palmer presents Spirit of Hope Award to archabbot at St. Vincent College event

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, May 24, 2015, 2:51 p.m.
(from left), Reception chair, Blair Kucinski, joins Adelphoi Arnold Palmer Spirit of Hope Award recipient, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, Arnold Palmer and Adelphoi board chair, Ralph Liberatore, during the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope Reception and Auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2015.
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(from left), Reception chair, Blair Kucinski, joins Adelphoi Arnold Palmer Spirit of Hope Award recipient, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, Arnold Palmer and Adelphoi board chair, Ralph Liberatore, during the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope Reception and Auction, held at the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2015.

There's always a buzz when native son Arnold Palmer arrives for the annual Adelphoi Spirit of Hope Reception and Auction. Not only do attendees want a word and photo with the legendary golf champ and his wife, Kit, they also are eager to see him present the Adelphoi Arnold Palmer Spirit of Hope Award to a worthy recipient.

On May 17, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., of St. Vincent Archabbey became the 11th annual honoree during a reception in the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College.

The evening, along with a golf classic held on following days, benefits the Nellie Briles Fund for Youth at Adelphoi, a Latrobe-based child-care agency that provides group and in-home, foster care, adoption, education and mental health services and after-care.

The Briles fund specifically targets career readiness and vocational skills.

Program notes observed that the archabbot sees children as “our best hope, and their best hope is when we foster them and provide opportunities for their growth and development.”

Reception chairman was former Adelphoi CEO Blair Kucinski, seen withJoan. Also on hand were board President Ralph Liberatore with Donna and board members John Turcik, John Rusbosin withJeanne, Dick Dickert withCushie, Bruce Robinson withJackie Davis, Ed DePasquale and the Rev. Paschal Morlino.

Among more than 200 on the guest list: Doc andBunny Giffin, Jim andKathy Bendel, Bibiana Boerio, Megan Bricker, Dr.Jason Cinti andJen Miele withVivienne Cinti, Bob Demangone, BrotherNorman Hipps, George andNicholene Monios, Josie Funari, Richard and Joanna Stillwagon, Deborah Messich andGina Varrone.

Also, previous award recipients James Rutkowski Sr., Bill Hillgrove withRosette and Bob Ford withNancy and mom Mary Lou. Also on hand were Nowicki family members Edward Sr., Ed, Kathy, Katie, Larry andStacie.

— Shirley McMarlin

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