Leader of the Pack

Sept 8 – 14, 2005
VOL 124 NO. 30
Leader of the Pack
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
New SU football coach will speak at Guardian Angel Society luncheon

A brand new coaching staff for the Syracuse University football program has local fans dreaming of a return to the elite of college football. The man at the helm of the Orange’s new staff is head coach Greg Robinson.

Supporters from throughout the Syracuse Diocese will now have an opportunity to listen to Robinson speak at the Guardian Angel Society’s Sixth Annual Update and Lecture Luncheon.

The event will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. on September 21 at the Sheraton-Syracuse University. Tickets are $35 each or $325 for a table of 10. Parking is available at the hotel free of charge.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Joe Carello and his trio will provide welcome music and those in attendance may begin dining as soon as they arrive. The program, which will include a presentation updating the attendees on the Guardian Angel Society, will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Those seeking more information regarding the event may call Guardian Angel Society Director Kathy Fedrizzi at (315) 422-7218.

Father Joseph Champlin, the founder of the Guardian Angel Society, met Robinson when the coach first came on board and was attending Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

After a couple of conversations, Father Champlin invited Robinson to speak at the luncheon. In order to accommodate the coach, the organizers altered the date of the luncheon to match the Orange’s bye week.

“[We invited him to speak] because he’s Catholic and he’s a newcomer and SU is a big part of our community,” Father Champlin said.

Robinson is a devoted Catholic who now attends Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville. He has also been known to frequent St. Lucy’s on the Near West Side.

The luncheon is one of five main fundraisers for the Guardian Angel Society, which helps the Cathedral School. The money raised by the luncheon will help provide technology for the school as well as assist with tuition for the students. It will also go toward scholarship aid for students who continue their Catholic education at the junior and senior-high levels.

According to Fedrizzi, the event provides roughly $10,000, which can help as many as five students, attend the school. Because of budget cuts in the Syracuse Diocese and the increase in the cost of school operations, some of the funds go toward maintaining the school itself.

The students at the Cathedral School come from a variety of social, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

“We’re such a unique school and in a unique environment,” Fedrizzi said. “We provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment for these young people.”

The Guardian Angel Society also helps many Cathedral School alumni go on to attend Catholic schools within the diocese such as Bishop Ludden, Bishop Grimes and Christian Brothers Academy.

Last year, three alumni from Cathedral School were enrolled at Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame and Syracuse University. At least two of the students were maintaining respectable GPA’s at 3.2.

Other fundraisers include a Christmas Card campaign, a First Annual Guardian Angel Society Golf Tournament during the summer, the Sweet Cabaret around St. Valentine’s Day and the Camillus Memorial Day Run 5K that Father Champlin participates in each year.

In addition to raising funds for the school and its students, the luncheon enables the Guardian Angel Society to enhance its profile in the community.

“It gives [the Guardian Angel Society] visibility and it’s a way to raise awareness,” Father Champlin said.

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