A Catholic priest, a Jewish hospital executive, a police chief and a Brooklyn businessman were
the recipients of the Bishop’s Good Scout Award April 1 at the annual scouting Awards Dinner.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presented the honors to Father Thomas
Vassalotti, pastor of Divine Mercy parish, Williamsburg, and past chaplain of the Catholic Committee on Scouting; Douglas
Jablon, vice president of Maimonides Medical Center, Borough Park; Deputy Chief Charles Scholl, NYPD Brooklyn South; and John
DeLosa, vice president of Long and DeLosa Construction and co-founder of the Celebration of Light.
Scout leaders from around the diocese were honored for their
work and dedication for promoting the Catholic faith in the Scouts movement.
“Each year we offer a dinner to thank the people who have been so helpful in continuing
the traditions of the scouts,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “It is a night of honor and support, which is so important
to the youth.
“The Scouts are able
to learn good values and the importance of helping others. They are able to learn so much, but more importantly, they learn
to be leaders, which allows them to grow into great people who will hopefully one day help the Scouts that follow in their
The Elizabeth Ann Seton
Award recognizing the contributions of Girl Scout leaders was presented to Jeanne Marie Cirone of Mary, Queen of Heaven parish
in Old Mill Basin.
“We are building
the girls’ faith,” she said. “Mary Queen of Heaven lets us use its facilities, and in return, we give back
with all of our service projects. But being able to help my girls with their faith is able to help and build them in such
great ways. I do this for them not for me, it makes me feel so good to be recognized but that just inspires me to work harder
to help my girls even more.”
Chief Scholl said, “This is such an honor for me. To be honored by the Diocese and the Scouts, I can’t tell you
what it means to me. I know all the hard work these people have to make. To see the youth of America working hard that is
what we need in this city and country. I see so many good cops and without even knowing I can just tell they were Scouts when
they were young because the values you learn as a Scout are for life.”
The Bronze Pelican Award to Scouters who promote participation in religious activities went
to Helen Cureton, Father Franklin Ezeorah, Deacon Vincent Lino, Father Fred Marano, Tom Reilly and Sean Rowley.
The St. George Emblem, a national recognition of those who contribute
to the spiritual development of Catholic youth was awarded to John DiMarco, and Fathers Hilaire Belizaire, Peter Gillen, John
Fullum and William With.
Award honored Archbishop John Hughes Council No. 481 Knights of Columbus in Dyker Heights and the Service to Youth Award was
given to Vincent Gentile, past grand knight of the council.
Jeanne Marie Cirone (Right), Dedicated G.S. Leader and Saint Elizabeth
Ann Seton Awardee
of Mary Queen of Heaven
Church, Brooklyn with her proud Mother and Daughter