It was a long time coming! On May 11, 2022, Holy Cross High School celebrated the accomplishments and legacies of its immediate and extended family members at the Crusader Hall of Honor. More than 500 guests gathered at Aria in Prospect to celebrate honorees from the past two years. The event raised well in excess of $100,000 in net proceeds to support the Hall of Honor Scholarship Fund, which makes a Holy Cross education more affordable for future Crusaders. The evening’s presentation was led by Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino, President, Mr. Thomas Pompei, Principal and Mike Giampetruzzi ’93, Master of Ceremonies.
“The generosity and goodness of all in attendance was on full display at the Hall of Honor The evening underscored the role and responsibility the school has to the City of Waterbury,” said Dr. Pellegrino. “Beyond being a lot of fun, the Hall of Honor gave us a chance to honor people who have changed the trajectory of Holy Cross and who are points of pride for all of us. The event provided much needed scholarship support for the families of the Greater Waterbury Region desirous of a Catholic education. “
“This was the first time we were able to hold this event in-person since the pandemic began,” said Nora Mason, Advancement Officer. “It was well worth the wait. This was a celebratory gathering of family and friends from year’s past and a rekindling of friendships.”
The inductees for the 2021 Crusader Hall of Honor include:
- The Hon. Neil O’Leary (The Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Award), Mayor, City of Waterbury
- Rita McCarthy (The Blessed Father Basil Moreau Award), Holy Cross High School, Retired Faculty Member
- Paul Whealon (The Blessed Father Basil Moreau Award), Holy Cross High School, Retired Faculty Member
- Rev. Michael Casey ’05 (The Crusader Award), Archdiocese of Hartford, Director of Vocations and Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New Britain
- John Burrus ’81 (The Crusader Award), Waterbury Public Schools, Behavior Technician
- Amy Calvo MacNamara ’02 (The Crusader Award), The Law Offices of Amy Calvo MacNamara, LLC, Attorney
- Don Trella ’72 (The Saint Andre Bessette Award), Mohegan Sun, Vice President, Human Resources
- David Hoey ’85 (The Saint Andre Bessette Award), Law Offices of David Hoey, Attorney
- The 2006 Varsity Football Team (The Green and Gold Award)
In addition, members of the Crusader Hall of Honor Class of 2020 were recognized as well as the Holy Cross High School Fathers’ Club who were named the 2021-2022 Volunteer of the Year.
It took an army of Holy Cross administrators, staff, volunteers and special guests to bring this evening to life. Musician Marty Q ’83 provided entertainment during the cocktail hour. Brad Cyr ’16 officially opened the ceremony with a rendition of the National Anthem. Guest speakers included: Atty. Kevin McSherry ’75, Board Chair, the Hon. Neil O’Leary, Mayor of the City of Waterbury and Br. George Schmitz, CSC, Notre Dame West Haven.
Speeches given by current and former students, Sarah Galloway ’15 and Tyler Parks ’23 enforced the power of generosity. “They said that if they didn’t have the financial support, they wouldn’t have come here,” said Mrs. Mason. “Sarah has gone on to work in the maternity ward at Yale, and Tyler’s having a wonderful experience as a current student.”
“It's a blessing to be able to walk into that building every day and learn something new, about myself, about the world around me and something new academically, “ said Tyler Parks ’23. “The scholarship lifted a financial weight off of my family's shoulders. I'm grateful. It humbles me to this day. This assistance gave me and many others an equitable opportunity.”
“We all share in the responsibility to support education for our children,” said Dr. Pellegrino. “Holy Cross's makeup and DNA is the DNA of the schools that came before us, Waterbury Catholic High, ND Academy, Chase Collegiate and Sacred Heart. That means something. It charges us with a role that goes well beyond the confines of our four walls here on Oronoke.”
The generosity permeated throughout the evening as attendees graciously made additional donations towards the Crusader Hall of Honor Scholarship Fund. Kim and Jeff ’87 Fryer offered a match for donations made at the event to the fund and generously extended the deadline of the match through Sunday, May 15 at midnight. For every donation made, the Fryer’s will match dollar for dollar to double your donation. For those who make a donation in honor of Rita McCarthy, Class of 2021 honoree, the Fryers will match the donation 2:1.
If you missed the opportunity to attend last night’s event, please consider making a financial gift to the Crusader Hall of Honor Scholarship Fund in honor of one of the honorees.
“What a great night for Holy Cross High School,” said Dr. Pellegrino. “Congratulations to all the honorees and thank you all for your generous support in helping future Crusaders.”