CYO photos
CYO staff back honorees.
CYO photos
CYO staff back honorees.
Since its inception, back in 1998, when CYO Executive Director Sister Krista von Borstel SSMO established the “Spirit of CYO” Award, almost 200 people have been recognized with a “Spirit” or “Appreciation” award.  The Spirit award was created to honor volunteers who have promoted, inspired and exemplified the mission and philosophy of the CYO/Camp Howard Organization and have volunteered a minimum of five years.

This year at University of Portland, CYO honored Basketball Commission Chair Steve Muller, Bob Pfohman from The Catholic Sentinel, Heather Wycoff, Swim Commission member, Jesus Gomez from Our Lady of Lourdes, Track & Field Commission member Paul Maloney from St. Matthew, CYO Club board treasurer, Eric Bergeson from Christ the King and Athletic Director, Mike Larsen from St. John the Apostle.  Our second annual “Coaching Class” included Jeff Paustian for football, Sal Accaradi and Lori Coryell for volleyball, Eric Holstrom for swimming, Gus Schmidlin, Jason Ruutila and Patrick Maguire for basketball, Trent Carter and Patrick Cadiz for Track & Field. CYO official photographer for fifteen years, Joel Michaelson from JT Photography was on hand to mark the special occasion for all our award winners.
 
The evening began with a blessing from Football Commission Chair since 1999, Tino Renon. The catering staff of Bon Appetit served a buffet dinner and scrumptious desserts that got rave reviews.  This year we had caricature drawings by sketch artist Phil O’Neil who captured many faces during the social hour.

Sister Krista gave her “State of the Union” thanking everyone for their gift of generosity in helping continue “Making Great Memories for Kids”.  She also announced big news about CYO/Camp Howard being the recipient of a grant from the Gray Foundation. Being that the septic system is the greatest infrastructure in need at camp, the money will help rebuild the very large septic system.  She said “we literally took the money and flushed it down the toilet” in which the attendees responded with hilarity.  Not often does that line mean something good.

The evening ended with an entertaining game of CYO Bingo, where all attendees got to participate.  A vast amount of commotion, laughter and fun ended the evening.

Michael Garcia, board president gave closing remarks and noted, “I’ve seen what makes CYO special and what makes it work.  It’s not a secret – it’s you.  Everyone in the room tonight, everyone that takes time and effort on a cold Saturday morning to help out, everyone who does that mad rush from work to school to coach a team…it’s you”.