CYO Club of Champions Tribute Honors All-Star Cast

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Tops Awards for Christopher Gallagher, Hannah Storm & Rusty Staub

Christopher F. Gallagher, Hannah Storm & Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub

CYO Club of Champions Tribute honors an all-star cast tonight at the Waldorf Astoria including Christopher F. Gallagher, President of CYO Board of Directors; Hannah Storm, Award-winning ESPN SportsCenter Host, Producer, and Director; and Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, President of The Rusty Staub Foundation, Inc. and former Major League Baseball Player.

And that’s just for starters. Headed up by Cardinal Dolan and Catholic Charities, the CYO Gala convenes a dynamic group of New Yorkers from the worlds of business, philanthropy, culture, fashion, law, media, politics and religion. For example, Duke Castiglione, Sports Director for WNYW Fox 5, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Besides success, what do they have in common?  They share a deep concern for youth and their healthy development and spiritual growth.

CYO reaches out to the youth of the Archdiocese through its Youth Ministry programs and retreat centers, through hundreds of local sports programs and cultural activities, and through community centers.  In offering this variety of spiritual and recreational growth opportunities, the people of CYO join together to help promote lives of promise and hope.

Let’s meet tonight’s stars: 

1.     Christopher F. Gallagher, President of CYO Board of Directors and Chair of Governing Board of Monsignor Scanlan High School will be honored with the Gold Medal Award.

Mr. Gallagher is an honors graduate of Harvard College where he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Sloan Foundation Scholar and All Ivy and Harvard and New England Hall of Fame basketball player. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a two-year Chairman of its Honor Committee. He practiced corporate and securities law with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. And he founded International Marine Investors, a merchant banking and management firm specializing in developing investments for its institutional, law firm and individual clients, where he served as Chairman and President until his retirement.

Mr. Gallagher has spent a life dedicated to helping others and has had a leadership role in many charities helping our youth, such as The Inner-City Scholarship Fund and Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers of New York. Most recently, he has been instrumental in saving Monsignor Scanlan High School, a financially strapped school in the Bronx that now serves primarily underprivileged children from having to close its doors. And is responsible for revitalizing and leading the Catholic Youth Organization, which serves over 25,000 children of all faiths in the New York City area.

“I’m honored to join the illustrious ranks of past Gold Medal winners,” says Mr. Gallagher. “I’m continuously amazed by the work of both the CYO and Catholic Charities of New York, and thrilled to be a part of this night.”


2.     Hannah Storm, award-winning ESPN SportsCenter Host, Producer and Director, will be honored with the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award.

Ms. Storm is a pioneer in the field of sports broadcasting for women, a published author, an advocate for children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks, and a mother of three. Storm joined ESPN in 2008, where she hosts the 10am weekday edition of SportsCenter and SportsCenter Sunday Morning during the NFL season. Storm is also host and executive producer of ESPN’s primetime interview specials, "In Focus with Hannah Storm" and "Face to Face with Hannah Storm."

In 2008, Storm pursued film production as she founded Brainstormin’ Productions, through which she has produced, executive produced and directed several award-winning documentary films as well as branded content. That same year, Storm founded the Hannah Storm Foundation, which advocates and funds critical surgeries for children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks around the world.

“The work done by the Catholic Youth Organization inspires us to help youth of all denominations in New York," says Ms.  Storm. “I’m honored to receive the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year award and to participate in this evening dedicated to the team of extraordinary individuals supporting CYO’s efforts.”   


3.     Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, President of The Rusty Staub Foundation, Inc. and former Major League Baseball Player will be honored with the Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award.

Mr. Staub is one of the New York Mets’ all-time most popular players, a 23-year Major League veteran and a six-time All-Star. In 1985, it was time for Rusty to go to bat for those less fortunate in life. The Rusty Staub Foundation was founded that year, and true to the foundation’s motto, ”Benefiting Youth, Fighting Hunger,” Rusty’s only mission has been to give children the opportunity to live full, happy and productive lives—and to provide aid to the hungry.

As President of The Rusty Staub Foundation, Rusty partners with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York in funding nine emergency food pantries throughout New York, as well as an emergency food van serving Staten Island and the Bronx. The Foundation has raised more than $17 million and in partnership with Catholic Charities, serves nearly one million meals annually.

“It is a true honor for me to receive the Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award,” says Mr. Staub. “I’m proud to work with Catholic Charities of New York to fulfill our mission to give children the opportunity to live full, happy and productive lives and to give aid to the hungry.”

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