Just prior to the Lasallian Auction on Saturday, April 7, about 30 alumni, friends, former recipients and members of the Board gathered in the LGI to honor the 2018 recipients of the Alumni Association’s Purple & Gold Award: Peter Barnello and John D. Murphy, Jr. ’77.
The Alumni Association selects Purple and Gold recipients from among nominated individuals, who have demonstrated outstanding support in the best interests of the students, faculty, and alumni of CBA; have dedicated years of service to the Academy; and have been committed to the ideals and principles of CBA.
This year’s awardees have truly demonstrated their dedication to the school, through their most generous expenditure of time, talent and treasure.
Pete Barnello very much appreciated all that CBA afforded his children, and he gave back, with boundless energy, enthusiasm, thousands of hours of volunteer time, and expertise. Barnello joined the Booster Club in the mid-2000’s, to support his daughter Amber ’09, and her fellow softball players, and he remained a key fixture of the group long after his son Edward graduated in 2012. He served as President of the club, for six years – well beyond the standard one-year stint – providing a welcoming atmosphere and fulfilling volunteer experience for countless parents.
Giving back to his alma mater has been John Murphy’s commitment through the years. Since the early 90’s, when he and Bill Bush were invited to attend a planning meeting for the Lasallian auction, and the result was a long standing celebratory and lucrative tradition which also includes the CBA Corvette Raffle. Serving nearly three decades on the Board of Trustees, during five heads of school and alongside respected colleagues on the Board, Murphy has only grown his loyalty and passion for Christian Brothers Academy. As Board Chair, he commissioned a strategic planning process and the development of a facilities master plan that will help guide the school for years to come. Murphy is a proud dad to three daughters: Megan, Molly ’14, and Melissa.
CBA President Brother Joe Jozwiak, opened the ceremony with a prayer, and Carl Thomas ’91, Alumni Association Vice-President, served as emcee. John Marzocchi ’77 read the citation for Barnello, who was unable to attend the ceremony, and John O’Connor ’85 read and presented Murphy’s citation.
Guests enjoyed a brief reception, following the ceremony, and most headed up to the Auction festivities for an evening of great food, fellowship and fierce bidding in support of the school.