Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Dinner
The Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Dinner has long and respected history at Boston College. The Alumni Association is proud to recognize several alumni annually for their varied contributions to the University, to their profession, and to society.
John J. Griffin, Sr., '35 H'72, Alumni Association Award
Named after John J. Griffin, Sr., '35, H'72, who was one of the University's most dedicated contributors, this award recognizes the crucial role that volunteers play in Alumni Association programming, which is a cornerstone of the University's advancement efforts. The award is presented to the outstanding volunteer whose meritorious service on behalf of Boston College contributed to the advancement of the academic mission of higher education in the Jesuit tradition at the grassroots level of the alumni organization.
John P. Curley '13 Award
The Curley Award honors an outstanding volunteer who has committed both time and resources to advance the efforts of Boston College and especially the Athletic Department. Named for BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame member John P. Curley '13, the senior football manager for the 1912 Boston College Eagles and Graduate Manager of Athletics from 1929 to 1957 who is widely acknowledged as having brought Boston College Athletics into the modern era, this award fittingly recognizes his lifetime commitment to Boston College and the Athletic Department.
William V. McKenney Award
The highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, this award was created in 1936 in honor of its first recipient, William V. McKenney of the Class of 1915. The award recognizes a Boston College graduate whose outstanding service to a chosen profession, community, or cause reflects honor on the University.
James F. Cleary '50, H'93, Masters
Jim Cleary '50, H'93, was founder of the Fides and President's Circle annual giving societies. He was co-chair of the University's first truly ambitious capital campaign, which began in 1988 and well exceeded its goal. Jim was also the creator of our highly successful Pops on the Heights program. His ideas and energy propelled Boston College's development program to a new level of achievement. Accordingly, this special award is presented to University Advancement volunteers who have distinguished themselves as masters by providing ideas, energy, and leadership that elevate fundraising initiatives at Boston College to new levels of excellence.