26th Annual TCSF Awards Dinner
The evening of October 29th proved to be one of magic and inspiration. The event was Tri-County’s 26th annual awards dinner, featuring Ed Breen, Chairman and CEO of Tyco International. Some 500 guests, including Tri-County founders Ed Hennessy (retired Chairman and CEO of Allied Signal) and Bishop Frank Rodimer, enjoyed the warmth, the inspiration and the fun of the evening.
Guests were treated to three inspirational speakers: 8th grader Tracity Pusey, high school senior Millie Bello and Leonardo Da Silva, a high school scholarship recipient currently in his last semester as a computer engineering major at New Jersey Institute of Technology. All three were an eloquent and compelling testimony to the power of a dream and the power of an education of make the dream come true.
After receiving the Hall of Fame Award, Ed Breen spoke about the Tri-County students he had met, students who were “smart, curious and eager to learn; who instinctively knew that a quality education was their ticket to college and a well-paying job afterwards.” Ed told the students that companies like Tyco are constantly looking for the next generation of leaders to join their team and take them into the future. He left them with this challenge:
“But let me be perfectly clear: it all starts with a good education. In order for you to take your place in the business world someday, you need the knowledge, training and skills that only degrees at the high school and college levels can guarantee. And once you have those degrees and that something special to offer, companies like mine will take notice. You have my word on that. So commit yourselves to graduating from high school and college, and to taking advantage of every opportunity to sharpen your skills and broaden your knowledge base along the way. You owe it to yourselves, and to your families, to make that strong commitment.”
Just when it seemed that evening couldn’t contain any more excitement or goodwill, the drummers arrived! With that, the students handed out 500 drums-one to everyone in the room-and young and old joined in the joyous creation of incredible sound and rhythm. It was a not-to-be-forgotten performance led by The Drum Café, a group of drummers originally from South Africa that has made its home in Manhattan.
Amid the smiles and laughter at the end of the evening, the only question that remained was: “And what are you going to do next year?” For the answer to the question, mark your calendars for Monday, October 27, 2008!