Eastridge Welcomes New Hall of Fame Members
These were some of the words that dominated the ceremony at the 30th Annual Eastridge High School Hall of Fame Induction.
The Class of 2018 consisted of 4 members, James Hood (’70), Joe Dimino (’72), Virginia Schimpf Nacy (’74), and Matt Tappon (’92).
Mr. Hood went on to Cornell University after leaving Eastridge and then completed his MBA at Harvard. His time as a successful businessman came to an end when his son Austin died as a result of an Opioid overdose.That tragedy was the impetus for Mr. Hood to co-found and become CEO of a national nonprofit organization, Facing Addiction, aimed at confronting America’s addiction crisis.
Mr. Dimino has dedicated most of his adult life to helping some of the neediest children in the world. He calls it an, “unpaid mission of love” but for the children he impacts it is nothing short of a miracle. He raises independent funds for two missions in Maragua, Kenya in order to help children who are abandoned, live on the streets or are HIV positive.
Ms. Shimpf Nacy shares a similar story as Mr. Hood. The death of her son Patrick to a heroin/fentanyl overdose prompted her to become an activist in the local battle against drugs and opioids. She is one of the founding members of Drug-Free Irondequoit: Together, a community wide partnership working for the prevention of alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse.
Mr. Tappon is a much respected and beloved principal at Council Rock Primary School in Brighton. He is known for building exceptional relationships between the community, families, students and his staff. He is a member of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network which promotes understanding of LGBTG issues and is a founding member of the National Association of Multicultural Education.
You can see pictures from the ceremony here: 2018 Hall of Fame Ceremony