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November 6, 2007

Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) Names
2007-2008 Board of Directors Mike O'Neill of Preferred Unlimited to serve as Chairman

Philadelphia, Pa. October 31, 2007-- Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) named the following to its Board of Directors for 2007-2008:
Michael G. O'Neill - BLOCS Chairman; CEO and Founder, Preferred Unlimited
Bart J. Colli - Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, ARAMARK
Robert D. Kane, Jr. - Senior Vice President, PNC Bank
Robert Melchionni - Past President, Herman Miller/Spectrum
Brian McElwee - President, Valley Forge Investment Corporation
Daniel K. Fitzpatrick - President, Bank of America - Pennsylvania
Dean J. Cimino, CFP - Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Francis J. Van Kirk, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
Frank Seidman - President, Capital Solutions, Inc.
Gerard P. Cuddy - President and Chief Executive Officer, Beneficial Bank
Harold A. & Ann R. Sorgenti
James Broussard - Retired CEO- Evans, Conger, Broussard & McCrea, Inc.
James Martin - President, Friends of St. Malachy School
John Eisele - Financial Services Consultant
John F. Mazza - President & CEO, 1789 LLC
Lawrence A. Doyle, Jr. - Executive Vice President, Preferred Unlimited
Matthew A. Taylor - Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Michael Young - President, Classic Management
Pat Ciarrocchi - News Anchor, CBS3
Richard Raquet - President, TRC Market Research
Susie Maguire
William R. Sasso - Chairman, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Steven R. Wall - Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP
Bishop Joseph McFadden, D.D., V.G. - Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Deacon John K. Hunter - Executive Director for BLOCS and Office of Development, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Alvin A. Clay, III - Boston Private Wealth Management

Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) is a dynamic group of area business leaders who care deeply about the state of education in our region. BLOCS believes that access to a high-quality education for children - especially those most in need - is crucial to the continued growth and success of our region. BLOCS' main focus is providing tuition scholarships to low income children. These scholarships provide the next generation of leaders with the tools to break the cycle of poverty - an excellent education, a sense of strong values and a belief that they can be successful in life.

BLOCS was founded in 1980 by Bill Fishman and a group of leading Philadelphia businessmen who, like their contemporaries, were moved to action by the deteriorating state of education in the city. Noting the positive impact a Catholic education had on their employees in the workplace, at home and in the community, these leaders rallied their peers to generate the largest contribution ever to inner city education.


Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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