To the Editor:
On Friday, Oct. 15, the second annual Meli-Ciaramitaro scholarship fundraiser was held at Sinbad's.
What we hope will be an annual event raised another $5,600 for Grosse Pointe North High School's scholarship program, bringing the total up to nearly $50,000.
The Meli-Ciaramitaro memorial scholarship fund will award $4,000 annually — $2,000 to a female and $2,000 to a male athlete who demonstrate qualities that Vince Meli and Mike Ciaramitaro possessed: a team player mentality, leadership, and altruism.
North's Athletic Director, Chris Clark, informed us that it is the largest athletic scholarship awarded at North.
This past June, the first two memorial scholarship award recipients, Christie Laetham (softball), and Bryan Bennett (soccer, basketball), received their awards at the North Athletic Awards luncheon.
To all of you who've contributed to Mike and Vince's memorial scholarship fund, including the Grosse Pointe News for your stories about our sons and the events, and the friends and family who made it happen, we extend the deepest, most sincere thank you.
Your generosity will not only help two young athletes each year achieve their goals, but it is also helping keep alive Mike's and Vince's spirits of giving, laughing, playing ball, making a difference, reaching for dreams, and putting a smile on someone's face.
It's a wonderful remembrance to our boys, and despite the pain we all endure each day that passes without them, knowing they will be remembered and honored this way every year is a blessing to all of us.
Diane L. Schultz, Vince's mom
Diane L. Schultz, Vince’s mom
November 10, 2004