Scholarship luncheon rates an A

Keeping in mind deserving local students who are college-bound, area residents and activists turned out en masse for the annual Kassenbrock Brothers Memorial Scholarship Fund Luncheon, which was once again a success.

The luncheon is an important fundraiser for the effort, which provides awards to area students who demonstrate a commitment to community service. Each year, the fund gives around $40,000 to between 14 and 16 students, explains current Administrator Mary Ann Walsh.

“We are very gratified that every year we get more and more applications [because it shows] that there are great young people in the community who do tons of community service,” Walsh continued.

The event would not be complete without thanking everyone who continues to do his or her part in contributing to the fund, emphasized Walsh. One contributor, Jean Rosse, is especially celebrated because her birthday falls around the time of the luncheon each year. Instead of a normal dessert, the luncheon organizers roll out a birthday cake for Rosse, that this year held 98 candles.

The luncheon was held at the Bay Ridge Manor on Sunday, March 4. The fund was established in memory of Walter and Vincent Kassenbrock, brothers who founded the Bay Ridge Community Council in the 1950s.

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