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February 26, 2009


The Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults will celebrate the 16th Annual CYO Hall of Fame Awards Dinner to raise funds for the Office for Youth and Young Adults' programs and to honor adults who espouse the virtues and values of the CYO and the Catholic Church.

Thursday, March 5, 2009
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Drexelbrook (Drexelbrook Drive and Valley Road)
Drexel Hill, Delaware County

The CYO is one department of the Office for Youth and Young Adults, an Archdiocesan Office which supports school, parish and Church leaders in their mission to prepare youth and young adults to hear and respond to the call of Jesus Christ. Through spiritual, service, leadership development and athletics programs, the Office for Youth and Young Adults works to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community as well as to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each person. For more information on the CYO Hall of Fame Awards, call 215-965-4637.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are:
Leo Carlin is currently spanning his 50th season with the Philadelphia Eagles and is the only ticket manager in NFL history to work with the same team in three different stadiums. He has worked for five Eagles owners and fostered friendly relationships with numerous coaches and players from many different eras and instituted computerization in to the football ticketing world which is part of the reason he has been nominated for the pro-football hall of fame in Canton Ohio. Today, Carlin serves as the spokesperson for all Eagles ticketing matters.

Born in Atlantic City, NJ on September 16, 1937, Carlin was raised in North Philadelphia and attended St. Stephen Grammar School. Carlin was a member of St. Joseph's Prep Class of 1955 and then graduated from St. Joseph's College in 1959. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and is also on the Board of Governors at St. Joseph's Prep. Carlin is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Leo and his wife, Kay, have been married for 49 years and have seven children, including four boys who went on to play college football. Leo and Kay are expecting their 21st grandchild.

Carlin's experience with the Catholic Youth Organization includes: coaching grade school football, refereeing and organizing CYO high school basketball and serving as the Athletic Director at St. Matthias Parish, Bala Cynwyd. All seven of Carlin's children received much of their foundation through the CYO system and were regular participants in the athletic programs as well as many other extra-curricular activities.

To this day, Carlin takes part in the Feed The Homeless program at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish. He has also served as am Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at his parish, Saint John Neumann and joins with Eagles Youth Partnership in building playgrounds in the inner city and reading with the young children.

James and Jacqueline Delaney have been married for 34 years, live in Haverford, PA and are members of Saint John Vianney Parish in Gladwyne. They have three children, James (who is married to Erica), Maureen (who is married to Paul Carlin) and Andrew.

The couple is active on many boards and civic organizations, including Neumann College, Monsignor Bonner High School, The Barnes Foundation, The Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, The Bryn Mawr Film Institute and St. John Vianney Parish. In addition, they fund and facilitate audio visual communication between people in the United States and their loved ones abroad, especially in Central America.

Jim Delaney grew up in Upper Darby and attended St. Alice's Elementary School before entering Monsignor Bonner High School. Jacki, the only child of a career Army Warrant Officer, grew up in many different locations in the United States and Germany. After her dad's retirement, the family relocated to the Philadelphia area, and Jacki entered Upper Darby High School.

Both Jim and Jacki earned their undergraduate degrees from St. Joseph University; Jim graduated with a B.S. Degree in Accounting, Jacki, with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Jim also earned a Master of Business Administration from St. Joe's and a Master's Degree in Taxation from Widener University.

Jim began his career as a health care auditor with Blue Cross of Philadelphia and held several other related positions before founding his own health care consulting firm, Delaney Associates in 1980. This venture served as a springboard into a very successful career in business which culminated in 1991 when he co-founded J.G. Wentworth & Company, Inc, the largest originator and servicer of deferred payment obligations in the United States. In 2005, Jim retired from this specialty finance company after the business reached the $2 billion mark in fundings. Jim was awarded the St. Augustine Medal by Monsignor Bonner High School in 2003 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2008.

After college, Jacki worked in the banking industry before becoming a stay at home Mom to raise their three children. During those years, she volunteered at the children's schools through parent associations. With children grown, Jacki began to explore two areas of interest; gardening and faith. Two certificate programs: The Morris Arboretum '04 and The Arboretum School of The Barnes Foundation '06, gave Jacki the training needed to become an awarding winning designer many times over at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Completing the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Church Ministry Institute (CMI) '06, with Jim, prepared Jacki for her work in many ministries in the Archdioceses. At her home parish of St. John Vianney, she coordinates the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors. Outside of her parish, she serves as a board member of Mercy Spiritual Ministries and Chair of the Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children.

Dan Quinn has been an active participant and promoter of the Catholic Youth Organization for 20 years, both at his local parish, Annunciation BVM, Brookline and the Archdiocesan level. Dan has been a major supporter and contributor to the CYO Hall of Fame since its inception. He is an active member of Annunciation's Pastoral Council and teaches CCD to 7th and 8th graders.

Dan's commitment to youth also served as the catalyst for his participation and support in fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) through his involvement in the Billy Lake ALS Research Foundation and the Billy Lake Summer Girls Basketball League. Dan serves as coach, administrator, fundraiser, and director in both organizations.

Dan and his 10 brothers and sisters grew up in Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in West Philadelphia. He attended West Catholic High School and Temple University.
Dan and Patti Lake-Quinn reside in Havertown, PA and they have nine beautiful children: Sarah, Dan, Conor, Dylan and Terrance Quinn and Bob, Kathleen, Brian and Billy Lake.

Dan has worked in the Information Management Industry for over 30 years as a Consultant, Manager, and Executive. He has assisted in the development of major records management programs including Compliance and Risk Programs for Loma Linda University Medical Center, Commerce Bank, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and News Corporation. Previously, Dan was employed for over 25 years with Pierce Leahy, the area's largest records management organization. Today, Dan is the General Manager of Operations, Philadelphia for GRM Information Management Services, the country's third largest records management organization, located in the Budd Commerce Center in Philadelphia.

The 'Mighty Macs' (Immaculata Universtiy's Womens Basketball National Champions 1972, 1973, 1974) The Mighty Macs are one of the most famous women's basketball teams in history. In 1972, the same year that Title IX guaranteed women an equal footing with men in collegiate athletics, the Mighty Macs won the first National Women's Collegiate Basketball Championship (AIAW). They went on to win two more consecutive titles in 1973 and 1974 making them the first team to win three consecutive national titles (AIAW) (1972, 1973, 1974). Immaculata College (now University) fielded these amazing teams with an undergraduate enrollment of only 400 students, a meager budget and no athletic scholarships.

Greg Garber summed up the Mighty Mac's rise to fame in the article, "Where did it all begin? Just ask Immaculata's Mighty Macs," when he wrote, "It is an unlikely story of faith, fervor and fortuitouseness." The nearly unbelievable story gives the comparatively tiny Immaculata College the privilege to boast: Birthplace of Women's Basketball. Coached by Cathy Rush and blessed with the talent of Theresa Shank Grentz, Marianne Crawford Stanley, Rene Muth Portland and Mary Scharff, the "Mighty Macs" blazed a trail for women's basketball as it is known and played today.

Other firsts for the Mighty Macs in their "glory days" include:
Immaculata was the first college women's team to play outside of the United States, traveling to Australia in 1974.
In January 1975, Immaculata versus Maryland was the first women's game to appear on national television.
One month later, Immaculata and Queen's College were the first women's teams to play at Madison Square Garden.
In 1978, when the first women's collegiate doubleheader was played at Philadelphia's Spectrum, all four coaches were Immaculata graduates - Vicki Harrington, Class of 1967 (Immaculata); Marianne Crawford Stanley, Class of 1976 (Old Dominion); Theresa Shank Grentz, Class of 1974 (Rutgers); and Rene Muth Portland, Class of 1975 (St. Joseph's).

The story of the Mighty Macs has been published in the book "O, God of Players: The Story of the Immaculata Mighty Macs" and will soon be portrayed on the silver screen in "Our Lady of Victory", a feature film about their first national championship in 1972.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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