JCA honors ‘Fab Five’
May 22, 2012 2:00PM
Robert Lovstad (from left), Matthew Bertani, the JCA Alumni Board's Mike Paone and DebyJo and Jack Erickson. | submitted photo
Updated: June 28, 2012 12:49PM
JOLIET — Call them the Fab Five.
Matthew Bertani (class of 1979), Kevin Cameron (1998), DebyJo and Jack Ericksen and Robert Lovstad were honored by the Joliet Catholic Academy Alumni Association with Alumni Awards at its annual Honors Banquet.
Shamus Mudron, the president of the JCA Alumni Association, was master of ceremonies and the invocation was given by Jeffrey Budz, JCA’s principal/CEO.
The event at the Joliet Country Club was run by the association in conjunction with Holly Scordo, JCA’s director of alumni relations.
Bertani was named Alumnus of the Year, and Lovstad was named Honorary Alumnus. Cameron received the Rev. Paddy McGowan Award, and DebyJo and Jack Ericksen were given the Sister Anna Marie Becker Service to JCA Award.
Mudron praised the winners and spoke about how the association has donated more than $370,000 to JCA since 1995 for capital improvement projects and tuition assistance.
“To our recipients, I appreciate all of your hard work and commitment to this school,” Mudron said.
Bertani attended Drake University and the University of Arizona’s College of Law. He was appointed as an associate judge in Will County in December 2010.
Lovstad has worked at JCA for more than 20 years as the food service director. An assistant football coach, he has helped with school fundraisers and chaperoned student events.
Cameron attended Georgia Tech on a baseball scholarship and played professionally for nine years, including three Major League seasons. A pitcher, he set a San Diego Padres team record for most scoreless innings to start a career.
The Ericksens have been heavily involved with JCA since 1998. They served on the Parent Board from 1998-2009 and have twice served on the Jubilate committee. They have been the concession stand coordinators since 2005.