Friday, October 14, 2011

McKee Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony - Oct. 12, 2011

Each year the McKee Alumni Association pays tribute to McKee graduates who have led a distinguished life. This year the two recipients were Anthony R. Gaeta and Jerry DeLuca. A subcommittee of the McKee Alumni Association reviews the nominations, and after a thoughtful, detailed process, celebrates the honorees at the Spring luncheon at the Old Bermuda Inn. The second part of the ceremony involves an installation ceremony that occurs at McKee High School on the 3rd floor in the fall in which both pictures and plaques are placed on the commemorative wall. The speeches, and sharing of stories, and hearing good music occurred in the Black Box Theater on October 12, 2011, .

The family of the first recipient is pictured below, Olga Gaeta, daughter, Susan Demkin, and the president of the Alumni Association, Ken McIntyre.

Anthony Gaeta graduated from McKee High School in 1945. Before 2000, the school was called McKee Vocational and Technical High School. Mr. Gaeta accomplished many distinguished milestones. He worked on creating the Staten Island Greenbelt Environmental Program. He served as Borough President of Staten Island from 1977 to 1984. Mr. Gaeta passed away on Dec. 26, 1988.

The gentleman in the middle is the son of Jerry DeLuca. Jerry DeLuca graduated from McKee in 1949. Mr. DeLuca also accomplished several milestones. He was President of Jerry DeLuca Complete Auto Diagnostic and Repair Center, which he founded in 1957. His business provided and continues to provide quality workmanship performed with honesty and integrity. Mr. Deluca was known for his community service. He was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, the Rotary Clubs most prestigious award and also the rotary Giant award for exemplary service to the club and to the Staten Island community.

Musical interludes were provided by the syncopated sounds of the McKee ensemble, conducted by Mr. Guarnieri (left).
I just also think it is so neat that the students got to hear the stories of the honorees. It's also neat that the students in the ensemble performed, after taking the PSAT.

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