Honoring Dolan at Dunwoodie

St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers will hold its annual fundraising dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and the honoree will be the boss — Archbishop Dolan.

(NOTE: I originally had Sept. 22 as the date. My mistake. Apologies to anyone I confused.)

The dinner helps cover the costs of educating the future priests of the Archdiocese of NY. It ain’t cheap: $500 a ticket or $5,000 a table.

For info: 914-968-6200, ext. 8292.

Reception at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7:30.

Westchesterites are playing key roles in this year’s dinner, as a press release explains:


Chairpersons of the event are Ollie and Bill Griffin of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Managing partner of the Griffin, Coogan, Blose & Sulzer law firm in Bronxville, NY, as well as founder and chairman of the board of Hudson Valley Bank, Mr. Griffin is a member of the seminary’s Development Committee.  A graduate of Manhattan College and Villanova University School of Law, Griffin is a Knight of Malta, president of the board of the Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation and director of St. Joseph’s Medical Center Health Fund.  He and his wife, Dr. Margaret Ollie Griffin, a member of the Festival Chorale of the Archdiocese of New York, have three children and six grandchildren. They are parishioners of St. Matthew’s church in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.