Derek Kellogg to host 2013 Catholic Schools Advancement Dinner
By Sharon Roulier
(Photo courtesy of University of Massachusetts Amherst)
SPRINGFIELD – Derek Kellogg, coach of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst men’s basketball team, will be the keynote speaker at the 14th annual Catholic Schools Advancement Dinner to be held Oct. 2 at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee.
Kellogg, a Springfield native who attended Our Lady of Hope and Holy Name elementary schools and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1991, will reflect on how his Catholic education helped him to become the community leader that he is today.
Kellogg is currently in his 6th season as head coach of the Minutemen. He and his family are parishioners at St. Brigid’s Parish in Amherst, where he has hosted free basketball clinics.
Each October, the annual dinner, hosted by Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, brings teachers, administrators, family members and benefactors of the Springfield Diocese’s Catholic schools together for the special occasion to honor groups and individuals for their significant support of Catholic education.
The award recipients this year include St. Mary Parish in Westfield; Sister of Providence Mary Caritas Geary and the sponsors of the annual Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards. Also recognized will be the winners of the Catholic Schools Distinguished Community Leaders Award and Daughter of the Heart of Mary Sister Mary Clare Milewski, of St. Mary School in Ware, who is this year’s recipient of the Catholic Schools Lifetime Achievement Award.
David and Patrice Park of Wilbraham are honorary chairs of this year’s dinner. Mark E. Dupont, executive director of Catholic Communications will serve as master of ceremonies.
A raffle will also take place during the dinner. Prizes include: Red Sox, Springfield Falcons and UMass basketball tickets; jewelry donated by Hannoush Jewelers; an Elms College gift bag and a Kindle Fire HD. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with the event scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $75 per person which includes a $40 tax deductible portion.
For tickets, call Stacy Dibbern, manager of special projects for the diocese, at (413) 452-0670.