Old Boys Dinner 2017

by Kate Fiscus, Director of Old Boys

Keeping with tradition, the Old Boys Dinner was celebrated last week on the third Thursday in January.  On January 19, Old Boys returned to 4 East 98th Street for a classroom lesson, cocktails, and dinner.  The evening began with a Back to the Classroom lesson on carpentry with Mr. Michael Falcone.  Old Boys of all ages remembered their carpentry days, a few commenting that they still use their completed projects today.

After the lesson, cocktail hour in the small gym brought together over 240 Old Boys from near and far, young and old.  The farthest traveled was David Forster ’77 from Switzerland.  The youngest attendees were from the class of 2008, celebrating their first Old Boys Dinner.  The oldest class represented was 1942 with Louis Pemberton, also celebrating his 75th year reunion.

John Brodie, co-president of the Old Boys Council, welcomed the group which included twelve sets of brothers and two pairs of fathers and sons.  The class of 1967 celebrated their 50th year reunion and the class of 1992 celebrated their 25th year reunion.

Additionally, Jon Perez ’96 introduced the newly created alumni diversity council.  For more information, and to get involved, please feel free to reach out to him directly at jonathan.aperez@gmail.com.  Headmaster Stuart Johnson then officially started dinner with the Old Boys Song accompanied by Mark Risinger on piano.  Song books were not needed as every Old Boy joined in singing about their first alma mater.
The medium gym welcomed 210 Old Boys with delicious surf and turf provided by Cater to You.  We would like to give a big thank you to Executive Chef Carolyn Wells and the entire Cater to You staff for their service.  It was not long after dinner when the gym filled with cigar smoke and school songs were sung.  The night went by too fast for those who made the trip back to St. Bernard’s, some for the first time since graduation.

Thank you for attending the Old Boys Dinner.  We will see you next year on January 18, 2018.