Just prior to the Lasallian Auction and Dinner on April 6, about 75 alumni, friends, former recipients and members of the Board gathered in the LGI to honor the 2019 recipients of the Alumni Association’s Purple & Gold Award: Chuck O’Neil ’65 and Kathy Sportelli.
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.
Chuck O’Neil hailed from the North side and entered CBA as part of the first freshman class to attend the new school on Randall Rd., where he was part of championship football and track teams. Influenced by the Brothers at CBA, he entered the order in June 1965, along with Brother Joseph Jozwiak. He spent three years in religious formation and ultimately left to transfer to Le Moyne College, graduating in 1970 with a Business degree. Chuck had a long and distinguished 34 year banking career, retiring as a Senior VP and Division Executive at JP Morgan Chase. He served on civic and not-for-profit boards and volunteered throughout his life, receiving the Frank Fernandez Business Leader of the Year Alumni Award from Le Moyne in 2000.
When Chuck retired, he returned to Central New York and re-engaged with the CBA community. He played a vital role as a volunteer and donor in the hugely successful To Be The Bestcampaign in 2007. In 2015, Chuck was very influential in bringing his classmates, graduates of the Class of 1965 together for their Jubilee reunion, presenting a record class gift at graduation. Most recently, Chuck has been serving as Co-Chair of Our Mission, Their Future, leading the way to and beyond an $11 million goal in a campaign that will secure the upward trajectory of CBA.
Kathy Reuter Sportelli was born in Buffalo, but raised in Syracuse. She attended University College, where she majored in business and marketing. She has put that degree and 14 certifications in the fitness field to great use as a small business consultant and running two Kelly Lyn health clubs for 25 years. Kathy has a son, Zachary, and she and her husband, Vince Sportelli ’71, have two daughters: Natalie ’11 and Sophia ’19.
Perhaps Kathy’s greatest calling has been as a hugely generous and faithful volunteer. Kathy and Vince are devoted to the presence of God in the classroom, so they sent their daughters to Holy Cross School and on to CBA. It is in the environment of these religious institutions that Kathy has outshone the sun with her creative energy and commitment. At Holy Cross, she received their Crusader Award in 2013 as volunteer of the year. Once the girls headed to CBA, Kathy immersed herself in volunteer opportunities on Randall Road-from the Lasallian Auction Committee, to the Senior Fashion Show, to President of the Parents Club, to the Middle States team. In the broader community, she has been involved with the American Cancer Society, The Francis House Auxiliary, and the 100 Women Who Care.