DeSales Hall of Fame Dinner Tickets Available

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Published on Thursday, September 17, 2015

DeSales Hall of Fame Dinner Tickets Available

Induction Dinner - October 8, 2015 at Classics V

DeSales Hall of Fame Dinner Tickets Available

Planning is underway for the 2015 DeSales Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame dinner.   The community is invited to join in honoring the notable individuals being inducted on Thursday, October 8th at Classics V Banquets in Amherst.  The 2015 Inductees are:

  • Thomas C. Rotondo, Jr. – DeSales Catholic High School, 1950
  • Rev. Walter DeSa, OSFS  - DeSales Catholic High School, 1955
  • Rocco Surace - DeSales Catholic High School, 1973
  • Ellen M. Martin - DeSales Catholic High School, 1976
  • Brian F. Costello - DeSales Catholic High School, 1980

Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner are still available for a donation of $50 per person, or $95 per couple, and can be reserved by calling the school at (716) 433-6422 ext 407.  Sponsorship opportunities to support the Hall of Fame are also available.  The event will begin at 6:00pm with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:00pm.  Serving as Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be John Murphy, a DeSales alumnus and the Play-by-Play announcer of the Buffalo Bills.  On Friday, October 9th, the inductees and their families will join the students and faculty at DeSales Catholic School for Mass in the DeSales’ Old Library.   The names of this year's honorees are being added to the Hall of Fame plaque on display at DeSales, which will be unveiled at 9:00am, just prior to the Mass.   Chairmen of the 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame are Mark Jaekle and Mike Mullane.

The inductees were chosen from among dozens of exceptional nominees submitted by alumni, parents, relatives, friends and members of the communities served by DeSales.  These individuals are being recognized for their excellence in their professional, volunteer and family lives, and for living out the teachings of the school's patron, Saint Francis de Sales.  Bearing the motto "Enshrining Our Past, Ensuring Our Future," induction into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame serves as the highest honor bestowed by DeSales Catholic School, and has been created to annually honor outstanding graduates of all the Catholic schools in Lockport, living or deceased. 

The Hall of Fame dinner will help to fund tuition assistance grants at DeSales Catholic School, providing an opportunity for current and future students to enjoy the benefits of a quality Catholic education.   As one of the largest Regional Elementary Schools in the Diocese of Buffalo, DeSales is dedicated to offering Preschool through - eighth grade students of all faiths the opportunity for a quality Catholic education.  Through the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends in the community, DeSales is able to provide thousands of dollars in tuition assistance grants to dozens of local families each year.  Requests for tuition assistance have increased in recent years, and events such as the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Induction dinner will provide additional financial support for students in need. 

DeSales is Eastern Niagara County’s only Catholic School, serving students in Early Childhood Education through Eighth grade.  For more information call (716) 433-6422 or visit

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DeSales Catholic School LogoDeSales is a regional Catholic elementary school, located in the Town of Lockport NY, within the Diocese of Buffalo. The school is a designated STREAM school, a center of excellence that inspires individual students to reach their greatest potential, both inside and outside the classroom, while providing students with the fundamental building blocks to be innovative, critical-thinkers, and responsible future leaders.