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March 17, 2006


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Youth and Young Adults will celebrate the 13th Annual CYO Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on:

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Drexelbrook (Drexelbook Drive & Valley Road)
Drexel Hill, Delaware County

The purpose of the banquet is to raise funds for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs and to honor adults who champion the virtues and values of CYO and the Catholic Church. CYO utilizes sports and coaching to develop the spiritual and character formation of young people and assists them in preparing for life's challenges. For more information on the CYO Hall of Fame Awards, call 215-965-4637.

The 2006 CYO Hall of Fame Honorees are:
Amy Caples is a broadcasting veteran with more than 20 years experience. The first half of her career was spent in radio news --with stints in North Jersey, Harrisburg, and York, PA before returning to Philadelphia and KYW Newsradio. In 1994, she made the transition to television news. As a reporter, she covered breaking news throughout the Delaware Valley and also managed a variety of reporting franchises, including parenting and consumer issues. She co-anchored the CBS3 morning show for the past six years. In July 2005, Amy took on a position as a professor at Temple University in their Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. She speaks regularly to community organizations, especially on topics that affect women, parents, and working mothers. Amy has been the emcee for a number of notable causes such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Children's Miracle Network Telethon and the March of Dimes in Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Neumann College Board of Trustees, the Hatboro-Horsham Education Foundation and the Parenting Center for Hatboro-Horsham. She and her husband John are members of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Horsham, where she in involved in the parish's youth ministry program, Life Teen and are the proud parents of two children, Audrey and John Neumann (Jack).

Leonard J. DiPaul, Ed.D is the Executive Director of Pastoral and Theological Studies at Neumann College in Aston, PA. Len served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Youth and Young Adults for twenty-four years as the Assistant Director of the Office and Director for Parish Youth Ministry. During his tenure with the Archdiocese he worked with Msgr. Francis Schmidt, Msgr. Robert Maginnis, Rev. Charles Pfeffer and Rev. Thomas Higgins. DiPaul is most proud of the growth in understanding of the role of sports in parish ministry; adult leadership; as well as the increase of full time parish youth ministers. His passion for the role of sports in spiritual development led to discussions that resulted in Neumann College's Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. Len is the President of the National Center for Catholic Youth Sports, which empowers athletic leaders to animate the Gospel values in Catholic youth sports, encouraging young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Len and his wife Ellen have been married for twenty-six years with three children, Joseph, Alison and Kristen. They are members of St. Philomena Parish where Len coached varsity girls CYO teams for seven years.

Daniel J. Hilferty is President and Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest Medical Assistance managed health care organization in Southeastern Pennsylvania serving more than 286,000 members. He has more than 20 years experience in health care, government affairs, communication and education. Prior to his tenure at Keystone Mercy Health, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs for Mercy Health Systems in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he coordinated all government relations activities, corporate communications, marketing initiatives, development and community outreach efforts. Before Hilfery was at Mercy Health Systems, Hilferty was the executive director of PennPorts, where he managed economic-development programs related to the ports of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie. He is active in many community organizations including the Police Athletic League, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Pennsylvania Economy League. His contributions to his community have been recognized by various organizations. He has received the Saint Joseph's University Ignatius Award, the Whitney M. Young Award from the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Small Miracles Award from the Center for Autistic Children, the 2002 Youth Leadership foundation Keystone Mercy Partnership Award and the 2003 Community Leader of the Year Award from the Arthritis Foundation. He has recently received the 2004 Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his continuing commitment toward a positive future for today's youth. Dan and his wife Joan have been married for twenty-one years and have five children, Coeli, Maris, Dan, John, and Matthew. They live in Havertown and are members of St. Dennis Parish.

Francis Patrick Newell, Esq. is a litigator with the Philadelphia law firm Harkins Cunningham. A parishioner of St. John Vianney in Gladwyne, PA, Frank is a product of the CYO Athletic program through his elementary and high school years. His father, a Navy veteran of World War II, was instrumental in Frank joining football in grade school, where they went on to winning seasons. He rowed crew for Father Judge High School, and later went on to Penn State University. After graduating from Villanova University School of Law, Frank began practicing, specializing in anti-trust litigation. He is a member of the Breon Law Society and is also active in the Union League, where he works with youth scholarship programs to forward the educations of Philadelphia's young adults. Frank and his wife Katharine are members of St. John Vianney Parish in Gladwyne.


Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist

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