The 2011 Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Award was presented to volunteers from five Catholic schools in the Diocese of Raleigh. The individuals were honored at a reception and dinner May 13, 2011, held at the Fallon Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh. The event was attended by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh.
The Gossman Award was established to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Catholic education in the Diocese, through extraordinary service by way of time, talent and/or treasure.
Those recognized were Mrs. Suzanne Comstock of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School; Mrs. Annie Garriga Kunz of St. Mark Catholic School in Wilmington; Mrs. Eva Glennon of Annunciation Catholic School, Havelock; Dr. and Mrs. Vincent Liquori of St. Joseph Preschool in Raleigh; and Ms. Patricia Stewart of St. Mary Catholic School, Wilmington. The program for the evening detailed the contributions of the award winners:
Mrs. Suzanne Comstock has done just about everything - field trip chaperone, athletic team mom, classroom party coordinator, auction, IOWA test proctor, Booster Club member, and co-chair of the 8th grade fundraiser. She has assisted in the office with family mailers and copying and was instrumental in the development of the hot lunch program.
Mrs. Annie Garriga Kunz is a former chair of the principal search committee. She helped establish the RenWeb data base system and was instrumental in establishing the school's tuition assistance endowment. She voluntarily trained coaches and team members in "The Odyssey of the Mind," has served on the school advisory committee for the past five years and is the liaison to the parish finance council.
Mrs. Eva Glennon teaches art to every student at Annunciation Catholic School on a volunteer basis. She also volunteers her time to teach an art elective and has contributed art supplies to the class for over seven years. Her students’ artwork is very spiritual and colorful, which lends itself to keeping the Catholic Tradition alive at Annunciation Catholic School.
Dr. and Mrs. Vincent Liquori's presence in the Saint Joseph Preschool for the past five years has given the students a sense of stability. Mrs. Liquori is able to converse with and give special attention to the Hispanic students. Dr. Liquori captivates the students with his stories about Jesus and the Saints. He fascinates the students with his drawing.
Ms. Patricia Stewart, a retired 38-year veteran of public schools, started out at Saint Mary Catholic School several years ago by assisting a new ESL student who was in the 5th grade. She has returned from Idaho every year since then to assist this same student, as well as many others. In addition to tutoring, she assists with internet searches and curriculum ideas and helps coordinate the annual academic festival.
Above: Left to right: Mrs. Eva Glennon; Ms. Patricia Stewart; Dr. Michael J. Fedewa (behind); Mrs. Annie Garriga Kunz; Dr. Vincent and Mrs. Nelsy Liquori; Mrs. Suzanne Comstock; Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.