Sports celebrities honored at Franciscan banquet
MERIDEN, CT (06-01-2010) - George Grande, former Cincinnati Reds announcer and very first ESPN Sportscenter anchor, was honored with the Saint Francis Award at the Franciscan Life Center’s 25th Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction held at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut. Grande was honored for his involvement in sports, his long record of community work and his witness to Christian values. Al Terzi, Channel 3 news anchor, was presented with the Jim Calhoun Community Service Award, and ESPN was presented with the 2010 Corporate Sponsorship Award. Representing ESPN was George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; Chris Berman, ESPN anchor; Rosa Gatti, ESPN’s senior Vice President of Communications, and ESPN employees.
Sports figures and past honorees present at the event included Jim Calhoun, Pat Calhoun, UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway, former UConn assistant coach and current Quinnipiac University head coach Tom Moore, Quinnipiac University women’s basketball head coach Tricia Fabbri, Central Connecticut State University men’s basketball head coach Howie Dickenman, the New York Giants' offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and FOX CT News sports anchor Rich Coppola. Proceeds from the evening will be used to support services at the Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.