Diocese of Rockville Centre

Honors Senator Alfonse D’Amato, Richard J. Daly and Daniel Denihan

 

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – April 29, 2011 – The Honorable Alfonse M. D’Amato, Richard J. Daly and Daniel J. Denihan will be honored at the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, Stars for Students Scholarship Gala.  The annual gala will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the RXR Plaza, Uniondale.  The Tomorrow’s Hope Gala is the primary fundraiser for the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.

Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation was created in 2005 by the Most Reverend William Murphy, Lewis S. Ranieri, and concerned Catholics on Long Island.  It is a not-for-profit organization that has succeeded in raising money and enrollment in Catholic elementary schools on Long Island.  The mission of the foundation is to ensure the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic elementary schools on Long Island, by increasing awareness and by providing scholarships and program funding for the needs of students and schools throughout the diocese.

“The success of the gala is of particular importance this year given the challenging economic climate,” said Sister Joanne Callahan, OSU, superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre.  “We have so many parents wanting to enroll their children in our fine schools, but they just don’t have the means to do so.  The gala and other activities of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation are created to help these parents and ultimately their children receive the Catholic school education they desire.”

The gala will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.  There will be silent and live auctions with dozens of unique items and experiences.

“The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation has raised funds for innovative programs in a number of areas such as technology,” said Mr. Ranieri, chairman, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.  “But, our main focus is providing scholarships to students in the Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese (Nassau and Suffolk counties).  In five years, the Foundation has provided $8.35 million in aid assisting 6,100 students.  The gala is our largest single fundraising event for the Children’s Scholarship Fund.”

Last year, the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation distributed over $1.75 million in scholarships to over 1,700 students.  Currently, the foundation is reviewing over 2,000 applications from students seeking financial assistance hoping to attend a Catholic elementary school.

There are 55 Catholic elementary schools and 10 Catholic high schools serving approximately 32,000 students in the diocese, which encompasses Nassau and Suffolk counties.

2011 Gala Honorees:

Hon. Alfonse M. D’Amato
Alfonse M. D’Amato is the founder and managing director of Park Strategies, LLC and served in the United States Senate from 1981-1999.  Known for his tenacity and ability to get results, D’Amato served three distinguished terms in the Senate, advocating for the interests and the people of New York State. 

The former Senator keeps close relationships with members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, and is regularly called upon for his advice and counsel.  Senator D’Amato’s transition to the private sector has made him one of the most sought after public policy and business development strategists in the country, providing advice and counsel to a variety of corporate clients throughout the U.S. and the world.  He is also a commentator on the Fox News Channel, NY1 and Bloomberg Radio.

In July 2004, Senator D’Amato married Katuria Smith.  He is the proud father of six children, including two new additions, Alfonso and Lucianna, and fourteen grandchildren, a majority who received a Catholic school education.  Senator D’Amato proudly attributes his success and values to his own experiences in Catholic school.

Richard J. Daly
Rich is the Chief Executive Officer of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) and a member of the Broadridge Board of Directors.  Broadridge has over 5,000 associates worldwide and $2.2 billion in revenue.  Rich was the recipient of the Ernst and Young 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Arthur Andersen’s world wide “Best Practices Award” for “Organization” and “People”.  Rich also attended the Harvard Business School’s Young President’s Program, successfully completing the Leadership program in 2004. 

Deeply involved in both educational and community organizations, Rich is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York Institute of Technology, his alma mater.  He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, Inc., and serves as honorary director.

Rich is a proud graduate of Sacred Heart School in Cambria Heights and Christ the King High School in Middle Village.  Rich and his wife Debbie, reside in Upper Brookville and enjoy spending time with their daughters, Erin and Kristen, and their son-in-law, Kyle.

Daniel J. Denihan
Dan is the managing director of Tenth Avenue Holdings.  As co-owner of Affinia Hospitality for over 40 years, Mr. Denihan has held a number of functional and leadership roles in hotel management, operations, sales and marketing and HR.  Dan is passionate about developing sustainable relationships with employees, clients, vendors and business associates.

Dan has been faithfully committed to Saint Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, Saint Aloysius School, Harlem, Boston College, Boy’s Town New York, the Jesuit Collaborative and the Catholic Medical Mission Board.  Dan is a recipient of the Catholic Big Brothers Dwight Darcy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phillip Callan Award for Volunteerism at Boston College.  In addition, he was inducted into the Xavier High School Hall of Fame.

Dan is married to Kathleen Tuohey for over thirty-five years.  Kathleen is a graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Fordham University.  Together, they are the proud parents of five children.  Mr. Denihan attributes his achievements to his life-long Catholic school education at Saint Mary’s Grammar School, Xavier High School and Boston College.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/10).


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