CYO to honor volunteers, special friends at 10th annual community reception
By Jerry Lee | firstname.lastname@example.org May 14, 2016 at 8:40 AM, updated May 14, 2016 at 11:24 AM
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The Staten Island Catholic Youth Organization will host its 10th annual CYO Community Awards Reception Wednesday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Excelsior Grand in New Dorp.
Six special individual awards will be presented, as well as the traditional volunteer awards given annually to at least one deserving person from each of the Island’s parishes that the CYO encompasses.
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The recipient of this year’s CYO Alumni Achievement Award has not only been a lifetime advocate for youth sports at various levels, but has also experienced highly successful careers as both a member of the Fire Department of New York and as a high school basketball coach.
Dunn’s roots to volunteering stems from his early childhood days as his father, Bill, often devoted his time to worthy causes. Bill Dunn was also a pioneer in developing and running the St. Charles athletic program for many years.
Mike Dunn has been a parishioner at St. Charles since 1966 before getting involved with the sports program himself by running free clinics and coaching beginning in 1997. By 2002, he became the CYO coordinator for the Oakwood parish and held the position for four years.
Dunn is a 1984 graduate of St. Peter’s Boys HS, where he was a three-year member of the varsity basketball team. During his senior year, he was named the Warren Jaques Award winner as Staten Island’s most outstanding basketball player.
He attended Merrimack College in Massachusetts and was a member of the men’s basketball team for two years. He then transferred to Manhattan College, where he not only played basketball in his remaining two years of eligibility (he was captain), but also graduated with a BS in Accounting and Computer Information.
Dunn was also a member of the IABBO referee board between 1992-2002.
In 2006, Dunn accepted a head coaching job on the high school level for the first time when he became Monsignor Farrell’s freshman basketball coach. Four years later, Dunn was named the Oakwood school’s varsity coach and he’s held that position ever since.
Dunn has been a member of the FDNY since 1992 and he was recently promoted to Battalion Chief. He is currently assigned to the 11th division in Brooklyn.
Mike and his wife, Anna, have three children — Devin, Allie and Jake.
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Dunn, Mike [MC????]
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I believe that Mike is a member of the Class of 1989.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Dunn, Mike [MC1989]
* JNEWS: Dunn, Mike [MC1989] CYO Alumni Achievement Award—-2016-May-15
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