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HCAA Annual Dinner

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

6:30 p.m. reception | 7:30 p.m. dinner
Hogan Campus Center Ballroom
Business attire

Call (508) 793-2418  or email if you have questions.

The Holy Cross Alumni Association annual dinner provides an opportunity to recognize and honor alumni for their outstanding service and dedication to the College. The In Hoc Signo Award, the Association's highest honor, and the Young Alumni Leadership Award are presented at the dinner.

2018 In Hoc Signo Award Recipients

First presented in June 1960, the In Hoc Signo Award is an expression of respect and admiration for those alumni who have distinguished themselves by their dedicated, outstanding and lengthy service to the College, regional clubs, or their class, and often all three.  Click on each recipient's name for more information about his or her service to Holy Cross.  See a list of past recipients here »


Hon. Orion L. Douglass Sr. ’68, P11, 04 Hon. Orion L. Douglass Sr. ’68, P11, 04 has served Holy Cross through his tradition of mentoring and supporting its students. A true man for others, Douglass is personally responsible for “recruiting, encouraging and sponsoring” more than 20 black students from coastal Georgia to attend and graduate from the College. His mentorship was instrumental in inspiring black alumni to play significant roles in the life of the College, including serving as trustees and members of the HCAA board of directors. Douglass has been recognized for his “contributions to the Civil Rights movement and struggle for equality and integration of AfricanAmerican citizens in Georgia” by the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the State Bar of Georgia. A member of the Holy Cross President’s Council, his significant community involvement includes supporting the Okefenokee Council of the Boy Scouts, the Fourteen Black Men of Glynn Inc. mentorship program and the public schools of Glynn County, Georgia. Douglass currently serves as senior judge of the State Court of Glynn County. A resident of St. Simons Island, Georgia, he and his wife, Shirley, are the parents of Orion Jr., Omar ’04 and Odet ’11.

Coleen M. Lynch ‘95 Coleen M. Lynch ‘95 is a dynamic leader whose passion and pride for Holy Cross is evident in all her volunteer endeavors. Among her many efforts on behalf of the College, Lynch has served the class of 1995 as a class agent, 15th reunion gift chair and 20th reunion committee member. A member of the President’s Council, she served as national co-chair of the Crusader Athletics Fund Executive Committee from 2014-2018 and was a member of the Become More campaign cabinet. A member of the Varsity Club, she led the organization as president from 2010-2012 and was a member of the board of trustees’ athletics subcommittee. Described as “upbeat and encouraging in all that she does,” Lynch engages often and meaningfully with Holy Cross, attending numerous College events, calling on her classmates for support and offering her idea to administrators. A resident of Charlestown, Massachusetts, Lynch currently serves as vice president of global relationship management at Eaton Vance Management. Among her extensive Crusader family connections are father, Hugh ’60, brother, Paul ’84 and sister, Mary ’82.

Kenneth M. Padgett ’66, P11, 07, 05Kenneth M. Padgett ’66, P11, 07, 05 has devotedly served Holy Cross — and, particularly, the class of 1966 — for more than 50 years. Padgett has dedicated his time and talents to advancing the College’s mission through numerous leadership roles, including co-chair of the 1843 Legacy Society, executive committee member of the Become More campaign, and member and past chair of the Holy Cross Leadership Council of New York. An enthusiastic class chair since 2001, his class’ participation in the Holy Cross Fund has averaged a remarkable 60 percent for the past five years and, as national chair of the Holy Cross Fund from 2006 to 2010, average annual giving reached 54 percent, ranking among the Top 10 participation levels in the country. Padgett was gift committee member for his class’ 25th reunion and co-chair of its 50th reunion. He is also a member of the President’s Council and Fenwick Society. A resident of Larchmont, New York, Padgett is a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves, JAG Corps. He also retired as managing director after a successful career in the insurance industry with Marsh Inc. He is the father of Jennifer and he and his wife, Jane, are the parents of Brian ’05, Kaitlin ’07 and Kieran ’11.

James E. Sparkes ’71, P04, 02 James E. Sparkes ’71, P04, 02 is a loyal alumnus whose forward-oriented leadership has advanced the College for decades. Director of the Holy Cross Club of Central New York since 1988 — and president from 2001-2012 — he has organized and hosted numerous events, including student picnics, president’s receptions and a regional Holy Cross Cares Day. During his more than 15 years as a member of the HCAA board of directors, he held many leadership positions, including member of the board of trustees’ Institutional Advancement committee and chair of the HCAA Dinner and Senior Reception committees. HCAA president from 2013-2014, Sparkes is credited with strengthening bonds between the HCAA and the College administration, as well as initiating the development of the current strategic plan for sustained growth and success of the organization. Sparkes has served as class agent since 1972, 40th reunion gift co-chair, alumni admissions interviewer and career advisor; he is also a member of the President’s Council. An attorney in Syracuse, New York, Sparkes and his wife, Karen, are the parents of Bryan ’04 and Matt ’02.

2018 Young Alumni Leadership Award Winner

Established in June 2011, the Young Alumni Leadership Award recognizes a young alumnus/a who has graduated within the past ten years and has demonstrated outstanding service to alma mater through the Alumni Association's committees and activities, regional club or class.

Ivan Watanabe ’08 Ivan Watanabe ’08 has been a committed and enthusiastic volunteer for Holy Cross since his graduation. Over the past 10 years, Watanabe has served on the HCAA board of directors, the New York Leadership Council and its annual dinner committee, and the McCarthy Scholarship and Bishop Healy committees. Noted for his tireless work on diversity and inclusion efforts within the Bishop Healy Committee, Watanabe was instrumental in assisting in the establishment of its subcommittees, roles and responsibilities; he is currently chair of its membership subcommittee. In addition, he has served as a class agent and class reunion gift committee member, as well as an ALANA mentoring program member, alumni admissions interviewer and member of the President’s Council. Watanabe holds a leadership role in the Association of Latino Professionals For America. He is Managing Partner at Opus Private Client, LLC, and currently resides in Ardsley, New York, with his wife, Joanna ’10.

Hotel Information

The HCAA has booked a number of rooms for Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at the following hotels. When calling to make your reservation, please indicate that you are with the “Holy Cross Homecoming” block to receive the discounted rate.

Courtyard Marriott
72 Grove St, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 363-0300
$189 per night (plus taxes)

Hilton Garden Inn
There is no room block but just indicate that you would like the special Holy Cross visitor rate of $136.
35 Major Taylor Boulevard, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 753-5700 or use this special booking LINK
$136 per night (plus taxes) 

Holiday Inn Express
10-12 Johnson Street
Auburn, MA 01501
$116 per night (plus taxes)

Find other area hotels »

Dinner Sponsors

Bill '81* and Mary Lynch '82 Supple

Thomas Carey '66
Kevin Condron '67*
Larry Doyle '83*
George M. Ford '60*
Mary '05 and John '05 Hurley
Schone Malliet '74
The Family of Jim Sparkes '71

Dick '60* and Pat Browne
Michael '68 and Lynn Canning
Gregory H. Cahill '81, P14*
John '87 and Kelly '88 D'Andrea
Rodney DeLeaver '74
Brian P. Duggan '96
Laura Cutone Godwin '96 and Jason Godwin
John '91* and Nicole Hayes
Coleen M. Lynch '95
William '59* and Carol Maloney
Richard '67* and Pamela Peirce
Michael H. Shanahan '78*

Maggie '98 and Bill Bramley
Tim Buckley '59
Tom '02 and Liz Cadigan
Kevin Collins '61*
Robert Danahy '55*
Mary Ellen Eagan '75*
John Farley '64*
Stephen Hodgson '68
Tom* '65* and Ginny McCabe P'96
Martha M. McGuane '77
James '62* and Mary Jane Mulvihill
Paula M. Murphy '76*
Austin O'Toole '57
Mark W. Powers '85*
Joseph J. Reilly '55* (In Memoriam) and Anne Reilly Ziaja '78*
John P. Sindoni '67*
Hon. Harry K. Thomas '78*
Thomas N. Troidle '59* and Kathy Troidle Jackson '83*
Natalie Velasquez '10
Cymetra M. Williams, Esq. '03

*Past recipient of In Hoc Signo Award

HCAA Annual Dinner 2017

HCAA Annual Dinner 2017