Bellarmine College Preparatory held its 40th Annual President’s Award Dinner the evening of October 30 in the Samuel A. Liccardo Campus Center. The donor recognition event, attended by 250 guests, featured the presentation of the President’s Award, given each year to those who have demonstrated support to Bellarmine in a variety of ways.
This year’s recipients, Jeanette LaCorte and John Ambroseo and their J2 Scholars Fund, received the award from Chris Meyercord, president of Bellarmine. “In their very humble way, John and Jeanette have been incredible supporters of Bellarmine. They always want to help where we need it most,” Meyercord said of the honorees.
During his acceptance remarks, Ambroseo, a member of Bellarmine’s Board of Trustees, announced a challenge grant from the J2 Scholars Fund. Gifts received by Bellarmine through October 31, 2019 will be matched up to $500,000. There is no restriction, other than it be a gift rather than a pledge, and that the J2 challenge be noted by the donor.
Prior to the event, when asked what it is about Bellarmine that motivates them to provide such generous support to the school, Ambroseo’s response was, “Our own exposure to Bell is that it enriches the soul while educating the mind.”
The evening included remarks by Bellarmine senior Truman Paras who reflected upon his time and the inspiration he has received at the school, and a singing performance by senior David DeRuiter.
For the first time, the actual President’s Award was designed and manufactured by Bellarmine students. Freshman Andy Apodaca, senior Varun Kolli, and sophomore Peter Than, supervised by faculty member David Dutton, utilized the school’s Makerspace facility for the unique project.