BRANFORD – More than 300 people attended the 10th annual Archbishop’s Columbus Day Breakfast, held at the WoodWinds this year on Oct. 7.
The event raises funds for Catholic school students in Greater New Haven.
Archbishop Leonard Blair was joined by guest speaker and baseball sports legend Bobby Valentine, who talked about the three “R’s”: respect, responsibility and reality. Since 2013, he has been the executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.
“The gathering was the most well-attended Columbus Day Breakfast yet,” said Cynthia Basil Howard, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools, which organizes the annual breakfast.
Mrs. Howard said that the gathering raised proceeds close to $35,000, which, when matched by funds from the archdiocese, will net nearly $70,000 to be distributed to students attending the New Haven area Catholic schools.
Father Francis T. Carter, pastor of St. Bernadette Parish, was named distinguished pastor, and this year’s distinguished principal is Patricia O’Neil Tiezzi of St. Rita School in Hamden.
Students from St. Bernadette School led guests in the Pledge of Allegiance, with entertainment provided by the choir from St. Mary School in Branford.
The emcee was Jason Newton, sports reporter for WTNH News 8.