De La Salle cancels marquee fundraisers

WARREN, Mich. – Out of concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the De La Salle Collegiate Alumni Association has canceled two upcoming fundraising events.

De La Salle has been diligently monitoring all national, state, and local updates surrounding the global pandemic. In light of recent developments, this year's Christian Brothers Dinner and the Christian Brother Classic have been canceled. 

The 39th annual Christian Brothers Dinner, originally scheduled for April 30 at Penna’s of Sterling in Sterling Heights, Mich., was to celebrate honoree Gary Buslepp, who served the all-boys school over a 22-year career as a teacher, coach, and administrator.

“We are excited to honor Gary Buslepp. He is a tremendous man and very deserving of this award,” said Matt Loria, dinner chairman, and a 1995 alumnus. “But we are concerned with keeping everyone safe. This is the first time in 39 years that the spring dinner will not take place, as we remain committed to doing our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Pilots.”

The Christian Brothers Classic was to be the second annual alumni golf outing held at the historic Detroit Golf Club, home of the PGA’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. It was scheduled for June 22.

“This was a tough call to make because last year’s outing was a tremendous success,” said Doug McKay, committee chairman, and varsity golf coach. “The Christian Brother Classic at Detroit Golf Club is an incredibly important event for De La Salle and it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate the school, its students, and alumni.” 

Current ticket holders and sponsors of these two great events will be contacted by a member of De La Salle’s Advancement Department to address refund options. Additional questions can be directed to Alumni Relations Director Dennis Koch at 586-541-6221.

In place of these in-person events, De La Salle is planning other ways for its community to celebrate and to get together through a combo of locally hosted events, videos, and live-streamed content. Additional details on these plans will be shared in the coming weeks. 

In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding – and we look forward to seeing everyone in-person at our events in 2021!

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