La Salle High School Advancement Office hosted the De La Salle Dinner at La Salle High School on Saturday, November 10, 2017 to recognize the De La Salle Society Inductees, the Hall of Achievement Inductee, and the Lasallian Pillar Award Recipients.
The De La Salle Society was created to recognize individuals, benefactors, corporations and/ or foundations for their gifts of time, talent and treasure to La Salle. De La Salle Society inducted two families on Saturday: Bill '65 and Jackie Hummel and family (Jeff '90 and Jay '98) and Bill '67 and Barb Carrelli.
Bill and Barb Carelli are religious supporters of La Salle, supporting the Annual Fund, capital efforts, and creating the Rose Carrelli Memorial Scholarship Fund. Bill was an intergral part of the 50th Reunion Planning Committee for his 50th reunion this past year. La Salle has been part of their relationship from the beginning, meeting during their senior year during a drama production of "Glass Managorie". Bill and Barb are very active in their parish, St Antoninus, and with the organization westsidecharity.org.
Bill and Jackie Hummel are committed to the future of La Salle. They have made significant contributions of time, talent, and personal resources for the betterment of La Salle. Recently they have led a family effort to create the Bill & Jacki Hummel & Family Scholarship Fund where the whole family contributes to the fund; making it a true family effort.
The Hall of Achievement Award honors La Salle alumni that symbolize the characteristics of a La Salle Lancer- pride, honor, integrity, and generosity. This year, the Hall of Achievement Award inductee is Tim Lighthall '66. Tim has been involved in the La Salle Alumni Association for years a s a member of the La Salle Advancement Advisory Council, member of the Game Day Events Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Class Representatives, and La Salle Club member. His is a genuine volunteer not just at La Salle but also serves our community as an ambassador during election years. Tim has been an active participant in a local foundation called Hope in Heels which serves displaced children as a result of adult drug addiction.
Lasallian Pillar Awards are awarded to alumni, friends and benefactors that have adopted one or more of the five core values that distinguish La Salle amongst other Catholic schools in Cincinnati: Leadership, Scholarship, Faith, Service, and Community.
The Leadership Pillar Award was awarded to Joseph Crowley '70. He is the current President of the American Dental Association, the first and only from this region. He pushed for and financed the Lancer Baseball field renovation in 2016. He has been actively involved in the La Salle Alumni Association and the La Salle Sports Stag since its inception in 1985.
Joseph Muenchen received the Scholarship Pillar Award. Joe has taught at La Salle for 30 years while being the academic leader for a program at La Salle affecting students with academic needs during his tenure. He also coached basketball for 27 years, cross country for 22 years, and track for 5 years. Many have endeared his love and passion for teaching and coaching.
Deacon Kim Cohen '72 received the Faith Pillar Award. Kim Cohen continued his education at the University of Cincinnati where he would receive his degree in Criminal Justice. For the next 27 years, Kim would serve the community as a member of the Cincinnati Police Department before retiring on July 2, 2002. His "call to serve" was not complete. On April 24, 2004, Kim was ordained Deacon in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He moved to Florida in 2006 where he currently serves at Deacon at Incarnation Church.
The Service Pillar Award was awarded to Rick and Lynne Merk. Rick and Lynne have been involved with La Salle as parents and past-parents with their sons Alex '12, Ben '15 and Max '18. The Merk's lost their son, Tony, to pediatric brain cancer in 2011. In his memory, they started the Pray Hope Believe Foundation to assist in funding pediatric brain cancer research and scholarships at La Salle. Their commitment to pediatric cancer research and Catholic education has made a difference to our community through their service.
The Community Pillar Award was awarded to Bob Abrams '65. Upon graduation from La Salle, he was drafted to serve in the Army during the Vietnam era. Bob's service was primarily on the front lines as he was involved in many engagements with the Vietnamese. His commitment to the United States through this service is being honored. He carries his tradition on through volunteering as the Chaplain of a local VFW and is charged with the annual golf outing to support local veterans.
Congratulations to all award recipients. La Salle appreciates your dedication to La Salle and Lasallian education.