The 54th anniversary of the Casey-O’Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner will be held on April 11 at the Fantasia Banquet Facility in North Haven.
A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with dinner beginning approximately at 6:30 p.m.
Twenty nine high school and prep school scholar athletes will be honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship. In addition NFL agent Joe Linta, a Branford resident, will receive the Distinguished American Award.
The honorees are: Jake Boncal (Woodland), Kyle Broderick (Holy Cross), Jevaughn Brodie (Hyde), John Burke (North Branford), Kyle Chudoba (Oxford), Nick Crowle (Fairfield Prep), Mike DeMarco (East Haven), Ian Dieli (Hand), Mark Dietrich (Cheshire), Sal Esposito (Notre Dame-West Haven), Lucas Furgalack (Lyman Hall), Eric Laugeni (Amity), T.J. Linta (Hamden Hall), Tyler MacNeil (Branford), Tim Maher (Law), Tom Majchrzak (Ansonia), Andrew Meoli (Xavier), Michael Milliard (North Haven), Anthony Mills (Hamden), Nyrell Moore (West Haven), Joe Nault (Guilford), Jason Nelson (Platt), Mike Ortoli (Shelton), Anthony Pizzola (Platt Tech), Edwin Rodriguez (Wilbur Cross), Joshua Russell (Derby), Zack Sirowich (Seymour), Greg Suplinskas (Sheehan) and Nick Weissauer (Foran).
The Chapter Award of Merit will be presented to Donald Scharf of Madison, a founding member of the New Haven Chapter who is a 55-year member of the National Football Foundation. He is a volunteer serving as special assistant to Athletic Director Tom Beckett at Yale.
The Official Recognition Award of the New Haven Football Officials Association will be presented to longtime football official Bill Slater of West Haven and former SCSU coach Rich Cavanaugh will receive a Special Recognition Award for his 29 years as head coach of the Southern Connecticut State football team and his service to the chapter.
In addition, Thomas Brockett of Ansonia will receive the Chapter Coach of the Year Award. The Chargers won 43 games in a row over the past three seasons including a 15-0 record this past year winning the Class S State Championship.
Tickets can be purchased for $45 by sending a check made payable to “National Football Foundation” to Donna Limone 10 Ludlow Court, Branford, Ct. 06405 or by calling her at 203-481-8375. Informaion about the chapter, including past award winners, can be found on our at www.newhavenfootballfoundation.com.