Photos and Videos

In this section we provide photos and videos of events and activities about The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and our scholarship recipients.

SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS DINNER

VIDEOS

We encourage you to watch some of the videos from the Sacred Heart High School Awards Dinner, where you can see profiles of some of our recipients and watch them describe their individual stories and perceptions about the scholarship.  You can also view a speech by Ted Deeley that provides a firsthand description of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation and its selection criteria.

The scholarship recipient videos represent a broad range of students and accomplishments.  Valerie Moore (1996), a Fairfield University graduate and the very first recipient of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Scholarship; Matt Alspaugh (2003), a Southern Connecticut State University graduate; and Steven Naylor (2008), a Massachusetts Maritime Academy graduate are featured in the videos.

 PHOTOS

The following are selected photos from the Sacred Heart High School Awards Dinner.  Nine previous scholarship recipients were in attendance, along with four members of The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Board of Directors.

Ted Deeley addressing the attendees at the Sacred Heart Awards Dinner where he received The Reverend John J. Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ted Deeley addressing the attendees at the Sacred Heart Awards Dinner where he received The Reverend John J. Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement Award.

A funny moment on the podium at the Sacred Heart High School Awards Dinner.

A funny moment on the podium at the Sacred Heart Awards Dinner.

Sacred Heart High School Awards Dinner.  Valerie Moore (1996) and Ted Deeley

Valerie Moore (1996) and Ted Deeley share a moment on the podium at the Sacred Heart Awards Dinner.

Foundation Board Members with scholarship recipients at Sacred Heart High School Awards Dinner.  From left to right: Brian Deeley, Deborah Deeley Randall, Christine Lamas (1999), Daniel Camacho (2009), Mike Strumski (2010), Matt Alspaugh (2003), Gayle Deeley, Ted Deeley, Kim Grendzinski (2012), Jenna Loguidice (2002), Steven Naylor (2008), Valerie Moore (1996), and Deanna Rosa (2011).

The Thomas and Elsie Deeley Foundation Board Members with scholarship recipients at the Sacred Heart High School Awards Dinner.  From left to right: Brian Deeley, Deborah Deeley Randall, Christine Lamas (1999), Daniel Camacho (2009), Mike Strumski (2010), Matt Alspaugh (2003), Gayle Deeley, Ted Deeley, Kim Grendzinski (2012), Jenna Loguidice (2002), Steven Naylor (2008), Valerie Moore (1996), and Deanna Rosa (2011).

The Deeley family at the Sacred Heart High School Awards Dinner.  From left to right; Debbie Deeley Randall, Gayle Deeley, Ted Deeley, and Brian Deeley.  Missing from photo is Ted's sister, Donna Deeley.

The Deeley family at the Sacred Heart  Awards Dinner. From left to right: Debbie Deeley Randall, Gayle Deeley, Ted Deeley, and Brian Deeley. Missing from photo is Ted’s sister, Donna Deeley.

Some of the attendees at the Sacred Heart High School Awards Dinner

Some of the over 800 attendees at the Sacred Heart Awards Dinner

PETER GONZALEZ (2005) VISITS WITH TED DEELEY AFTER HIS DISCHARGE FROM THE AIR FORCE

We are very proud of what Peter has accomplished.  He originally attended Southern Connecticut State University, but decided he wanted to serve his country before completing his degree.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he received multiple promotions and became one of its youngest sergeants.  While in the Air Force, he obtained an Associates Degree in Avionics Systems.  After his discharge from the service, he enrolled in an engineering program at Florida International University where he is currently a student working towards his Bachelor’s Degree and plans to continue working towards his Master’s.

Peter Gonzalez and his wife, Aubry, who recently received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and is working towards an advanced degree in Nursing,  at the Deeleys' home in Orlando, Florida.

Peter Gonzalez and his wife, Aubry, who recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is working towards an advanced degree in Nursing, at the Deeleys’ home in Orlando, Florida.

Peter Gonzalez and Ted Deeley at the Deeleys' in Orlando, Florida.

Peter Gonzalez and Ted Deeley at the Deeleys’ in Orlando, Florida.

STEVEN NAYLOR (2008) IS COMMISSIONED AS AN ENSIGN IN THE U.S. COAST GUARD

We are very proud of Steven for achieving his life-long ambition to become a career officer in the United States Coast Guard after graduating from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Steven is participated in a unique exchange program with the United States Navy and was the only U.S. Coast Guard officer serving aboard a Navy destroyer!

Brian Naylor USAF (Steven's Dad) pins officer bars on Steven Naylor - July 2014.

Brian Naylor USAF (Steven’s Dad) pins officer bars on Steven Naylor – July 2014.

The Naylor family visits with the Deeleys in Orlando after Steven's commissioning.  Front row left to right: Elizabeth Naylor and Gayle Deeley.  Rear row from left to right: Alan Naylor, Ted Deeley and Steven Naylor

The Naylor family visits with the Deeleys in Orlando after Steven’s commissioning. Front row left to right: Elizabeth Naylor and Gayle Deeley. Rear row from left to right: Alan Naylor, Ted Deeley and Steven Naylor

JENNA LOGIUDICE (2002) RECEIVES HER PH.D. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

We are very proud of what Jenna has accomplished.  She is our first scholarship recipient to receive her doctorate, but not the last! 

She was instrumental in developing the Midwifery Program in the School of Nursing at Fairfield University where she is a member of the faculty and was honored as an outstanding professor.

We wish her all the best in the School of Nursing and with her other health care activities.

Jenna LoGiudice (Deeley Foundation scholarship recipient 2002) receives her Ph. D. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut -  Fairfield University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (2006) -  Yale University, Masters in Nursing (2008) -  University of Connecticut, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (2015) We are all very proud of what Jenna has accomplished and wish her well as a Professor at Fairfield University and her other health care activities.

Jenna LoGiudice (Deeley Foundation scholarship recipient 2002) receives her Ph. D. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut
-   Fairfield University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2006)
-   Yale University, Masters in Nursing (2008)
-   University of Connecticut, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (2015)

Jenna and her daughter Maggie (age 2 1/2) on the Jumbotron at UConn.

Jenna and her daughter Maggie (age 2 1/2) on the Jumbotron at UConn.

MATT ALSPAUGH (2003) GIVES THE DEELEYS A TOUR OF NEW YORK CITY

When Matt heard we were planning on taking two of our grandsons to visit New York City, he arranged to give us a guided tour for a couple of days!  As you can see we certainly saw many of the highlights that the “Big Apple” has to offer.

Matt and the Deeleys in Central Park

Matt and the Deeleys in Central Park

Matt pointing out some interesting sights from the observation area of the Empire State Building

Matt pointing out some interesting sights from the observation area of the Empire State Building

Matt explaining the history of Grand Central Station to our expanded group of family and friends

Matt explaining the history of Grand Central Station to our expanded group of family and friends

MELANIE DEZIEL (2008) DINES WITH THE DEELEYS AT THE “SOCIAL FRESH 2016 CONFERENCE” IN ORLANDO FLORIDA

The Deeley Foundation is extremely proud of what Melanie has accomplished since graduating from UConn and obtaining her Master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.  Melanie is an internationally recognized speaker on digital branded content; writes for Inc.com; is an expert in residence at the venture capital firm BRaVe Ventures and is the founder of the native ad industry newsletter, The Overlap League.  Melanie, a young high energy entrepreneur, recently started her own firm, MDeziel Media.

Prior to founding her own company, Melanie worked for the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and Time, Inc.  While at the New York Times, she received two national awards for her productions of “Women Inmates” and  “Grit and Grace”.  The former was in support of the Netflix special, “Orange Is The New Black”, and the latter in support of Cole Haan. You can learn more about this impressive young woman by visiting her website at storyfuel.co.

Melanie, Ted Deeley, and Gayle Deeley have dinner at "deep blu Seafood Grille" in the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort.  Melanie is lecturing on "The Secrets to Making Your Content Marketing Relevant" at the Social Fresh 2016 Conference.

Melanie, Ted Deeley, and Gayle Deeley have dinner at “deep blu Seafood Grille” in the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort. Melanie was lecturing on “The Secrets to Making Your Content Marketing Relevant” at the Social Fresh 2016 Conference.

AARON RADDEN (2009) AND LEGAIRRE RADDEN (2009) AND THEIR FAMILY VISIT WITH THE DEELEYS

These two outstanding young men paid a visit to the Deeleys.   Both obtained their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Central Connecticut State University.

Aaron, who was a 2nd Team All American in track and an Academic All American, has visited Kenya with his track coach and adopted several schools in the country by providing tuition, school uniforms, school supplies and food to children who otherwise would not have access to these essentials.  He also works with abused children and families and is doing research on the predictive causes of dysfunction in families.

As an undergraduate, Legairre was Senior Class President and the recipient of the President’s Citation and the Dean’s Citation.  He received a research assistantship from Wesleyan University and is currently employed as a Research Scientist by Boehringer Ingelheim, a European based pharma company.  He is doing research on immunology, has published several peer reviewed research papers on various scientific research topics, and also has his name on a patent.  He continues to work towards his Ph. D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

We couldn’t be more proud of what these two very impressive young men are achieving and know that they will continue to “make a difference” in the future.

Legarre, Aaron Radden and their family at graduation from Central Connecticut State University.  From left to right: Tracy Radden, Legairre Radden, Mitchell Radden, Aaron Radden, and Mr. Legairre Radden.

Legairre, Aaron Radden and their family at graduation from Central Connecticut State University. From left to right: Tracy Radden, Legairre Radden, Mitchell Radden, Aaron Radden, and Mr. Legairre Radden.

Aaron Radden in Kenya with school children whom he and his track coach helped support by paying tuition and purchasing uniforms, lunches, books, and other school supplies for those children who otherwise would not be able to afford these educational necessities.

Aaron Radden in Kenya with school children whom he and his track coach helped support by paying tuition and purchasing uniforms, lunches, books, and other school supplies for those children who otherwise would not be able to afford these educational necessities.

The Raddens visiting with Ted Deeley.  From left to right: Aaron Radden, Ted Deeley, and Legairre Radden.

The Raddens visiting with Ted Deeley. From left to right: Aaron Radden, Ted Deeley, and Legairre Radden.

The Radden family having lunch with the Deeleys.  From left to right: Ted Deeley, Legarre Radden, Mr. Legairre Radden, Gayle Deeley, Aaron Radden, Tracy Radden, and Mitchell Radden.

The Radden family having lunch with the Deeleys. From left to right: Ted Deeley, Legairre Radden, Mr. Legairre Radden, Gayle Deeley, Aaron Radden, Tracy Radden, and Mitchell Radden.

DANIEL CAMACHO (2008) WORKS WITH UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT DENTAL STUDENTS AT A FREE DENTAL CLINIC IN GRENADA.

We are very proud of what Dan has accomplished. As an undergraduate Pre-dental major ,he established a free dental clinic for a community that could not afford dental services. Later, while he was in the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, where he received a full tuition scholarship, he spent time with some of his fellow students and staff providing free dental services in Grenada. He recently graduated with his DMD and has entered an advanced Orthodontics Program in Pittsburgh.

Dan Camacho and classmates from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine along with staff members at a free dental clinic in Grenada.

Dan Camacho and classmates from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine along with staff members at a free dental clinic in Grenada.

 

Dan Camacho works on a young patient at a free dental clinic in Grenada.

Dan Camacho works on a young patient at a free dental clinic in Grenada.

JULIAN SAAVEDRA (2000) AND HIS FAMILY VISIT WITH TED DEELEY AT DISNEY SPRINGS.

Julian is truly “making a difference” in the area of education, and we are extremely proud of his accomplishments. He spent a year teaching in China and formerly taught 8th grade social studies at a KIPP Charter School in the Philadelphia area. KIPP is a nationally acclaimed network of 162 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. He was recently recognized as a top black educator in the city of Philadelphia. He is currently a Founding Director of Social Studies at Belmont Charter School in West Philadelphia. Julian recently appeared on the ABC TV game show, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and won $30,000!

Julian Saavedra, Elizabeth Lennox, his wife, their two lovely children and Ted Deeley at Disney Springs

Julian Saavedra, Elizabeth Lennox, his wife, their two lovely children and Ted Deeley at Disney Springs

 

Julian Saavedra, Elizabeth Lennox, their two children, Ted Deeley and the Lennox Family at the T-Rex Cafe

Julian Saavedra, Elizabeth Lennox, their two children, Ted Deeley and the Lennox Family at the T-Rex Cafe

Julian Saavedra on the TV show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire&quot, where Julian won $30,000!

Julian Saavedra on the TV show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, where Julian won $30,000!

MEAGHAN SPAGNOLO (2015) AND ERIN BROWN (2017) COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER!

What is the probability of two of our Deeley Foundation scholarship recipients from two different universities competing against each other?  More specifically, what is the probability of them competing in the same event and in the same race?  

Well it happened on October 20, 2018 when two of our scholarship recipients competed against each other in a women’s swimming and diving meet.  Meaghan Spagnolo (Southern Connecticut State University) and Erin Brown (Central Connecticut State University) competed against each other in the 100 meter butterfly at a Tri-Meet between Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, and the University of Connecticut held at the University of Connecticut.

Both ladies competed in several events, but this was the only “head-to-head” race between the two! We are very proud of both these young women who are obviously “making a difference” for their respective teams.

Meaghan Spagnolo (2015) swimming for Southern Connecticut State University and Erin Brown (2017) swimming for Central Connecticut State University pose for a photo before competing.

Meaghan Spagnolo (2015) swimming for Southern Connecticut State University and Erin Brown (2017) swimming for Central Connecticut State University pose for a photo before competing.

Meghan Spagnolo (left) and Erin Brown (right) wish each other luck before the start of their race in the 100 meter butterfly.

Meghan Spagnolo (left) and Erin Brown (right) wish each other luck before the start of their race in the 100 meter butterfly.