From left: Dinner Co-Chair Patrick Grace, CYO Director Alec McAuley, Ann Mara, John Mara, Edward Cardinal Egan, Margaret Grace, CYO Board President Chris Gallagher, and former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, with the 2008 Vince Lombardi Superbowl Trophy.
New York Giant Justin Tuck autographs a football at the CYO Club of Champions dinner.
The 72nd CYO Club of Champions dinner was held on June 9th at New Yorks Chelsea Piers, in an event that drew more than 400 CYO supporters and players New York Giants, team owner John Mara and former GM Ernie Accorsi.
Accorsi, the architect of the 2008 Superbowl champions, was honored with the 2008 John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award and the Giants were presented the 2008 Gold Medal Award.
Ernie Accorsi is a lifelong, passionate sports fan with a strong sense of history and an appreciation for the game, said the events Master of Ceremonies Scott Clark of WABC TV. He has worked in virtually every aspect of the football business, most notably as general manager for the Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns and of course as senior general manager for the New York Giants. In his last 15 years as a general manager with the Browns and Giants, Accorsi had eight playoff teams, including six division champions.
The awards were presented by His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, and Chris Gallagher, President of the CYO Divisional Board.
“CYO has always been a big part of all of our lives. In fact my father and grandfather between them led the organization for more than seventy years,” said event Co-Chair Patrick Grace. “My mother, Margaret F. Grace, who is here tonight, has also been a stalwart supporter of CYO and of the Archdiocese. When she agreed to chair this evening's dinner, it was a family call to arms. We are very grateful to each and every one of you for your support of the important work of CYO.”
CYO, a division of Catholic Charities Community Services and one of the largest youth services organizations in the Metro area, reaches out to the youth of the Archdiocese through its youth ministry programs and retreat centers, through hundreds of local sports programs and cultural activities, and through summer camps and community centers, thus helping to promote lives of promise and hope. Catholic Charities helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need, non-Catholics and Catholics alike, rebuilding lives and touching almost every human need promptly, locally, day in and day out, and always with compassion and dignity.
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