Camden Catholic Hall of Fame ceremony on April 13

Camden Catholic Hall of Fame ceremony on April 13

Longtime Camden Catholic High School band director and teacher Joe “Mr. G” Gianfortune is a member of the 13th class of alumni the school will induct into its Hall of Fame for academic, arts and athletic accomplishments on April 13.

Former principal and faculty member Msgr. William Brennan, above, and basketball coach Jim Crawford, below, are inductees.

On Saturday, April 13, Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, will induct the 13th class of alumni into its Hall of Fame for academic, arts and athletic accomplishments.

Four of these inductees will be installed in the Emerald Hall of Fame for Academics and Arts:

— dancer, choreographer and artistic director, Teresa Andris ’81;

— former principal and beloved faculty member Msgr. William Brennan;

— longtime CCHS band director and teacher, Joe “Mr. G” Gianfortune and

— retired U.S. Army Reserves Captain and current director of student health services at the University of North Florida, Dr. Doreen Fretz Perez ’67.

Brian Fitzpatrick ’87 will be inducted into the 1887 Special Recognition category for his longtime support of the arts at CCHS in addition to many other philanthropic causes.

Honored by induction into the Green and White Hall of Fame for Athletics will be the only CCHS team to ever win an on-field sectional title, the 1979 Irish Football Team. Also:

— basketball coach Jim Crawford, one of the winningest coaches in South Jersey history;

— two-time Olympian for Team USA Field Hockey and collegiate All-American at the University of Virginia, Michelle Vittese ’08;

— state championship, four-time regional championship, four-time district championship wrestler, Eddie Giosa ’03; and

— All-South Jersey three sport standout, All-American and NCAA lacrosse National Champion (University of Maryland), Katie Gallagher ’06.

“The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees have achieved greatness in many facets of their lives as students, student-athletes, teachers, artists and mentors,” said Hall of Fame committee chairperson Jack Wixted ’72. “Unique about this year’s class of inductees is the level at which these individuals have chosen to give back to the Camden Catholic community. Among them they have contributed more than a century of service to the betterment of the Irish experience.”

Funds raised at the Hall of Fame event benefit scholarships for current CCHS students who are selected by the Hall of Fame committee based on a submitted essay, leadership qualities, determination, and Camden Catholic spirit.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grandi Auditorium at Camden Catholic (300 Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill). A cocktail reception will follow the ceremony. Tickets are $50/person in advance and $60/person at the door. Purchase online at www.camdencatholic.org/halloffame, call 856-663-2247 ext. 140 or email Rebecca.Crowell@camdencatholic.org

Donations to the Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund may also be made in the honorees names, and a program book offers the opportunity to congratulate the inductees.

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