This weekend La Salle Academy was out in full force throughout New York City.
On Saturday, October 21st, we welcomed 650 prospective students, parents, grandparents, and siblings to our campus on 215 E 6th Street for our annual Open House. Potential future Cardinals in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and their families began lining up at our doors at 9:40 am, twenty minutes before our scheduled start time of 10:00 am, to visit La Salle. Attendees had the opportunity to explore the school – now three full floors of classroom space! – meet current students, parents and alumni, and even speak with the full faculty and staff on board at La Salle about what our 170-year institution will provide for their sons that other schools won’t be able to and why it truly is the next best step in their boys’ academic careers. A special thank you to the Parents Association and alumni for volunteering their time for this major recruitment event!
Saturday night, La Salle attended the Michael T. Carroll Yorkville 9/11 Memorial Dinner Dance at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in memory of alumnus Michael Carroll from La Salle’s class of 1980. This fundraiser – with close to 300 attendees – is done each year in honor of Michael Carroll, FDNY, LaSalle Class of 1980, who was killed that fateful day on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. Two of our students who receive the scholarships in his name attended to thank the guests for their continued support and scholarship money they provide to the young men at La Salle. The pictures below are of all the LaSalle alumni who come back to support the event every year and remember their friend.
And the appearances didn’t stop!
Bright and early on Sunday morning, four of La Salle’s Campus Ministry students along with Campus Minister Terence McCorry, Music Director Jon Abrams and the Development Team traveled to Our Lady of Angels Chapel at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington for the 2nd Annual William F. DeSpagna ’46 Memorial Mass to remember deceased alumni, family and friends of La Salle. About 40 guests, inclusive of alumni and their families and friends of La Salle attended the Mass and breakfast reception that followed.
We wound down the weekend with a trip to Staten Island to attend St. Peter Secondary School’s Centennial Dinner on Sunday night. St. Peter’s is one of Lasallian partner schools, and we came to provide support to “the family” out in Staten Island. Eight students sauntered around cocktail hour, meeting every Brother Brother Dennis Lee, both Auxiliary Provincials (Brother Thomas Casey and Brother Rich Galvin), Brothers on our Board like Brother Francis (below) and of course, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, who will be visiting La Salle in a little over a week to celebrate Mass for All Saint’s Day.
One student said to His Eminence, “We need more space at La Salle… will you help us?” to which he responded, “I will try my hardest. You guys are hard to say no to.”
There is no rest for the weary here at La Salle Academy. More space at 6th Street means more boys entering La Salle in the fall which means more need for scholarships. We are La Salle and we never stop.