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Friday, April 6, 2018
6 p.m. Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts




Celebrate the spirit of service at Boston College among alumni, parents, and friends.

Together we will share our pride in BC and honor seven outstanding Eagles. Join University President William P. Leahy, S.J. for an inspirational and festive evening with the BC community.

2018 Distinguished Volunteer Award Recipients

David P. O’Connor '86, P'16, '18

David P. O’Connor '86, P'16, '18

Dave’s loyal service to Boston College has been unwavering over the years, namely as a Wall Street Council Board Member, serving on his Reunion Committee, and as a two term University Trustee. Dave and his wife Maureen have generously endowed the O’Connor Chair in the Carroll School of Management and the O'Connor Family Pops on the Heights Graduate Fellowship in the Connell School of Nursing. In addition, he and Maureen most recently served as Co-Chairs of the hugely successful 25th anniversary of Pops on the Heights: The Barbara and Jim Cleary Scholarship Gala.  Read more

Jim Cleary '50, H'93, was founder of the Fides and President's Circle annual giving societies. He was co-chair of the University's first truly ambitious capital campaign, which began in 1988 and well exceeded its goal. Jim was also the creator of our highly successful Pops on the Heights program. His ideas and energy propelled Boston College’s development program to a new level of achievement. Accordingly, this special award is presented to University Advancement volunteers who have distinguished themselves as masters by providing ideas, energy, and leadership.

Margaret “Peggy” Fleming Strakosch '85, P'14, '16, '17

Margaret "Peggy" Fleming Strakosch '85, P'14, '16, '17

Peggy has distinguished herself as a loyal and passionate volunteer for the Council for Women of Boston College (CWBC) events and initiatives, particularly in areas that support female undergraduate students. Peggy has served as a co-leader of the CWBC Student Advisory Board and as a mentor in the BC Connections program.  Read more

The highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, this award was created in 1936 in honor of its first recipient, William V. McKenney 1915. The award recognizes a Boston College graduate whose outstanding service to a chosen profession, community, or cause reflects honor on the University.

Joseph V. Popolo Jr. '86, P'20

Joseph V. Popolo Jr. '89, P'20

Joe is a second-generation Eagle. He and his wife, Chris, have supported Boston College through both academics and athletics, establishing the Popolo Family Scholarship at the Carroll School of Management and the Edward F. Connelly Scholarship in support of the football program. The scholarship honors Joe’s maternal grandfather, an outstanding high school athlete who was accepted to BC in 1927 but was unable to attend because of family financial issues.  Read more

The Curley Award honors an outstanding volunteer who has committed both time and resources to advance the efforts of Boston College and especially the Athletic Department. The award is named for BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame member John P. Curley, who is widely acknowledged as having brought BC athletics into the modern era.

Wynndell G. Bishop '00, MBA '07

Wynndell G. Bishop '00, MBA '07

Wynndell is an executive member of BC's AHANA Alumni Advisory Council (AAAC) and co-chair of the programming committee. Wynndell has served the AAAC since its inception, leading the marketing and communication committee (2013-2017). Wynndell has participated in the Endeavor programs, Legacy of Leadership events, AHANA Student Networking Nights, and many others. Additionally, Wynndell served on his Class Reunion Fundraising and Programming Committees. Read more

Named after John J. Griffin, Sr., '35, H'72, who was one of the University's most dedicated contributors, this award recognizes the crucial role that volunteers play in Alumni Association programming, which is a cornerstone of the University's advancement efforts. The Griffin Alumni Association Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer whose meritorious service on behalf of Boston College contributed to the advancement of the academic mission of higher education in the Jesuit tradition at the grassroots level of the alumni organization.

Elizabeth J. Donahue '05, MSN'10

Elizabeth J. Donahue '05, MSN'10

Elizabeth has traveled to Haiti several times with Connell School of Nursing faculty and students and is an integral part of the team. She frequently speaks to Connell School students and is active in the Boston Strong movement with her classmate Patrick Downes.

A board-certified family nurse practitioner, Elizabeth is an adult primary care provider at Brigham and Women’s Primary Care Associates, a professional development manager for its Primary Care Center of Excellence, and a clinical faculty member at the Connell School of Nursing. Read more

A benevolent donor and a remarkable volunteer who inspired countless alumni to become engaged in the life of Boston College, Philip J. Callan, Sr., '25 devoted himself not only to volunteer service, but also to the enlistment of others so that the base of Boston College volunteers could grow. In 1977, in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to Boston College, Mr. Callan was posthumously awarded the William V. McKenney Award for bestowing honor and glory on his alma mater.

Anders Bill '17

Anders Bill '17

Anders is co-founder, with classmate Theo Chapman ’17, and president of Darkroom.Tech, a marketplace for artists to sell fine art prints by leveraging their social media presence. The team of ten is funded by SSC Venture Partners, a venture capital fund dedicated to backing Boston College founders.  Read more

Katherine F. McNally '17

Katherine F. McNally '17

Katherine graduated from the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences with a dual degree in English and communication. She is an associate member of the Council for Women of Boston College.

While at the Heights, Katherine volunteered with students at BC’s Campus School, participated in several service-learning trips, and worked in the Office of University Advancement as a telemarketer and student supervisor.  Read more

A dedicated volunteer, James F. Stanton '42 worked with the students of Boston College in the 1960s to establish the first Senior Class Gift program, with the goal of inspiring lifelong giving to Boston College. In recognition of his efforts, Mr. Stanton earned the William V. McKenney Award as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1963, and he received the Presidential Bicentennial Award "Râle Medal" in 1976. The Stanton Award is presented to a past member of the Senior Class Gift Committee in recognition of outstanding volunteer service and leadership. The award honors a graduate whose work on the committee exemplifies the many efforts of James F. Stanton '42 on behalf of Boston College.

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