2017 Honorees

The East Utica Optimist Club in concurrence with the Race Committee and Meet Directors of the 75 th E. J. Herrmann Interscholastic Cross-Country Invitational are delighted to honor two distinguished individual. Vin Grimaldi and Kevin Morrisroe are the Meet Honorees for 2017.

Mr. Vin Grimaldi

Mr. Grimaldi is a native of Utica, New York. He attended local city schools and graduated from Thomas R. Proctor High School in 1955. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army. He was employed for forty-two years by Dodge Graphic Printers, Hew Hartford, NY. Mr. Grimaldi retired in 1999.

Vin has a long affiliation with the former Thomas R. Proctor Cross-Country Invitational and with the E. J. Herrmann. Since 1967 he has volunteered at the meets in a variety of capacities. He currently is a checker with the chute crew.

Mr. Grimaldi enjoys his membership at the Parkway Senior Center. He is an avid cross-county skier.

Vin and Ester Grimaldi have enjoyed fifty-seven years of marital bliss. They have three children: Debbie, Mark, and Kim. Vin and Ester currently reside in New Hartford, NY.

Mr. Kevin Morrisroe

Mr. Kevin Morrisroe was born in The Bronx, NY. He is a graduate of Lindenhurst High School, class of 1969. He received his baccalaureate degree at Ithaca College.

Mr. Morrisroe is a teacher at Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School, Utica, NY. He has taught at Notre Dame since 1980. He previously taught at Rome Catholic Academy.

Mr. Morrisroe was inducted into the National Mathematics Honor Society and the Oracle Honor Society.

His association with the Herrmann Invitational dates to the 1980s. For over thirty years Kevin has coached the harriers at Notre Dame. He has served as the meet's starter for the past five years. He is a member of the Syracuse Chargers Running Club, Pax Christi, and St. Paul's parish in Rome, NY.

Mr. Morrisroe has two children: Damian Jude and Charissa Maria. Kevin resides in Rome.

Past Honorees

Ambruso, Richard F. (2013)
Bernard, John (2012)
Briggs, Edward (2004)
Chwazik, Gerard (2009)
Chwazik, Ted (1998)
Convertino, John (2006)
D'Allesandro, David (2002)
DeLude, Bill (1999)
Dodge, Brian (1999)
Ferris, Fred (2007)
Ficcaro, Joseph (2004)
Gentile, Joe (2009)
Gratch, Sam (2004)
Hoffman, Jeff (2008)
Hoffstetter, Leonard (2002)
Hogan, Chris (2005)
Lupia, Ralph (2002)
Marraffa, John M., Sr. (2015)
Nastasi, Richard J. (2015)
Paniccia, Santo (2006)
Petrillo, Theodore (Ted), Jr (2008)
Pitarresi, John (2014)
Polera, Ralph (2011)
Pritchard, Scott (2004)
Przybylski, Ed (2003)
Putrello, Pat (2010)
Rubin, Howard (2004)
Testa, Mello (2003)
Wells, Tom (2010)
Willenburg, Rev. Msgr. Francis J. (2007)
Zangrilli, Raymond (2016)
The Lions Club (2000)
The Utica City School District (2000)
The Municipal Government of the City of Utica (2000)
The Running Community of Utica:
The American Heart Association (2001)
The Falling Leaves Road Race (2001)
The National Distance Running Hall of Fame (2001)
The Utica Developmental Runs (2001)