OLTCA 10th Anniversary Gala

The Canarsie Courier’s take on our Gala!

School Celebrates Decade Of “Trust”
By Jason Linetsky

Students, friends and administrators of Our Lady of Trust (OLT) Catholic Academy celebrated their 10th Anniversary at St. Jude Church’s Coyne Hall, 1696 Canarsie Road, on Sunday.

The gala dinner dance was set up to honor not only the 10 years of the school, but many people who have had major impacts on the academy over the years. Honorees came from the academy’s church family – the Shrine Church of St. Jude, Our Lady of Miracles, Holy Family Church and Saint Laurence Church.

“Happy 10th Anniversary Our Lady of Trust,” stated Brother Ralph Darmento of the Brooklyn Archdiocese. “I am delighted to share this celebratory occasion with you and honor the proud association of this community. I look forward to the future. There is the depth and richness of the last 10 years, which were built upon the strong traditions and legacies of St. Jude, Holy Family and Our Lady of Miracles parishes, the myriad of contributions and the professional excellence of our faculty and staff. There have been the successes of our alumni – 547 in just these 10 years – who have gone on to higher education and are beginning to advance the common good in our society and our communities.”

Honoree Patrick Reyes received an award for his success at Our Lady of Trust and a citation from Persaud.
Honoree Patrick Reyes received an award for his success at Our Lady of Trust and a citation from Persaud.
For alumnus Patrick Reyes, the event was a chance to give thanks to the school for helping him down the path to college. At 10 years old, Reyes joined the Columbus Squires, a youth fraternity of the Knights of Columbus, and showed great maturity early on in the organization. At 13 years old, he approached the event’s Chairman Ken Latham and asked about the proper introduction. After seeing Reyes’ potential, Latham would go on to witness Reye’s rise to be a leader for the Squires in both the local and state levels. Reyes also maintained high grades throughout his time at OLT.

“When I was asked if I wanted to be honored by the 10th Anniversary of Our Lady of Trust, I didn’t know what to say,” stated Reyes. “If anything, I should be honoring Our Lady of Trust for everything it’s done for me. I can’t thank the academy enough for all the values and the foundation it’s given me and the leadership, service, respect and, most of all, love. I can’t thank you all enough for the love and support and anything I do in the future will be for you. No matter what I end up doing or where I end up, Our Lady of Trust Academy and St. Jude will be with me.”

Other honorees included Father John Amann (Pastor Emeritus), Monsignor John Delendick, Josie Nover, Terry Ippolito, Maurice and Antoinette Walcott, Avril Gardner, Linda Depre, Robert Ambrose and Arlene Barcia.

In addition to the awards from the OLT Gala Committee, all honorees received citations from State Senator Roxanne Persaud. Prayers were offered by Delendick and Amann. Reyes also took time to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Gala Committee Member Sandy Waszak performing the National Anthem.img_2359img_2329