Students, teachers, friends and the Gloucester Catholic community where out in force last Saturday to pay tribute to Tony Sidoti, who has required extensive rehabilitation since suffering the stroke. Gloucester Catholic had designated Saturday, Oct. 20 as "Support Sidoti Day' with a day-long series of fund raisers to help offset the rising costs of his treatment.
High School Principal John Colman said "Tony is improving and continues with rehabilitation. We look forward to him coming back on a volunteer basis for the short term and see how that goes."
The "Support Sidoti Day' began with a 5k run/1 mile walk through the Red Bank Battlefield in National Park. More than 500 people (Photo at top) participated. Corporate sponsors were solicited to underwrite expenses. That evening a Beef & Beer was held at the school gym. The evening consisted of music, dining, dancing. A silent auction and a 50-50 were held.
Photo at left: Even the good Sisters participated in the run
Money is already being given to the Sidoti Fund. In a gesture that punctuates just how well-liked Sidoti is, students who work the chain gang in football and the clocks at various sporting events have donated their pay back to the Sidoti Fund.
Sidoti, who has been on the faculty at Gloucester Catholic for seven years, recently earned a masters degree in Public Administration at Rutgers University.
"He would do anything for you," senior quarterback Mike Calzonetti said. "If he was asked to coach freshman football, he would do it. He was the tennis coach. Basically, any start-up program, he would coach." (Photo below Tony poses with Gloucester Catholic's Cross Country team)
Photos by Dianna Broussard