Eight decades of alumni were represented at the Alumni Reception on October 26 in Martin Hall to honor Marty Kane '84 and Ted Dillon '06 for their outstanding commitment and dedication to St. Sebastian’s. John McKinney '53 anchored the assembly as our most recent grads, Charlie Bacon '23, Jack Heeney '23, and Peter Hunt '23, attended their first alumni event.
Fr. Arens offered an opening prayer to begin the evening and Alumni Association President Peter Galligan '74 welcomed alumni back to campus. Peter recognized the fact that alumni in the room attended St. Sebastian’s on both Nonantum Hill and Greendale Ave. but shared the bond of brotherhood that transcends location.
After an introduction by Headmaster Burke, Ted Dillon '06 was named as the 2023 recipient of the Recent Alumni Service Award for his service to St. Sebastian’s as an Alumni Board Member, Class Agent, Reunion Committee Member and an instrumental member of the Alumni Board’s Professional Networking Committee. Ted addressed the room and emphasized the timeless values and skills that St. Sebastian’s imparted on him during his time at the School. As technology impacts our society by increasing degrees every day, the ability to learn, the ability to write, and the ability to communicate are more critical than ever. For Ted, those skills were nurtured at St. Sebastian’s. Ted also called out the Order of the Day, "Love God, Work Hard, and Take Good Care of One Another" and cited this school motto as the reason he gives back to St. Sebastian’s and his community in so many ways. Congratulations to Ted on this well-deserved honor.
The Alumni Service Award was presented to Marty Kane '84, P'22 for his longstanding contributions to St. Sebastian’s as Class Agent, Guild of St. Irene Christmas Auction auctioneer, Headmaster Scholarship Golf Tournament auctioneer and the founder and host of the Annual Class of 1984 Dougie Fresh Open. Even these many titles don’t fully reflect Marty’s dedication to the Class of 1984 and the St. Sebastian’s community at large. In a sure sign of his high standing in his class, 13 members of the Class of 1984 were in attendance to honor him. Marty was quick to acknowledge their support for each other over the years and how their brotherhood has endured. Marty also recognized classmate and former Trustee, John DiGiovanni '84, P'14, for his leadership in the Class of 1984’s annual effort to provide funds for Arrows in need of financial aid. Marty is very proud to share his alumni status with his son, Marty ’22, who is now a sophomore at Tulane University. Congratulations to Marty, an Arrow forever!