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Over the past several years our annual Founders Day dinner had been held at the Restaurant School in West Philadelphia. Plans for this year were initially made to continue this “tradition”. However, circumstances would not allow this year’s celebration to be repeated there.

Due to a recent surge in undergraduate membership and attendance from numerous alumni brothers from a golden era of Beta Pi during the 1980’s, the Restaurant School was unable to accommodate this year’s celebration.  The dinner was moved to the Inn at Penn where well over 100 undergraduates and alumni filled the room and enjoyed a buffet dinner and a stream of speakers, all of whom had only nice things to say about the fraternity.

Welcoming comments were made by Gregg Ormond, President of the Alumni Association, and Guillermo Avila, current Chapter President (SMC).  Following an update from Alumni Advisory Board member Alex Brodsky, New Member Educators (Rush Chairmen) Jesse Debes and Michael Pintauro introduced each of the 23 newly initiated members of our fraternity. As their names were called, each new member went to the head of the room.    

The chapter’s annual SLAG awards were then awarded as follows: Scholar – Dan Fischetti; Leader – Stephen Purcell; Athlete – Gianpaolo Carpinito; Gentleman – Shaan Penmetsa.

The Chapter Alumni Relations Chairman then presented the chapter’s Alumni Appreciation Award to Alex Brodsky.  

Bruce Wolfson spoke next and brought us the latest news on the International Fraternity front. Of primary interest to all, he pointed out that Pi Kappa Alpha is now widely recognized as one of the premier fraternities in the nation.

Gregg Ormond provided the audience with an alumni association update followed by a brief financial update by association Treasurer Joel Catania.  Joel then presented the annual five-year loyalty awards to Gregg Ormond (celebrating his 40th anniversary) and five members from the Chapters’ notable transitional period all celebrating 45th anniversaries – Bill Kenney, Mark Mancini, Richard Myers, Rich Sussman, and Paul Zaentz.

Jerry Herman then presented the annual Dave Herman Award.  This year’s recipient was Matt Parmett.  Following that, Harvey Mackler announced that a new award will be presented annually, starting with Founders Day 2015, in memory of his dearly beloved brother and fraternity brother to all of us, Scott Mackler.
Nick Russo, a 2011 initiate then spoke briefly.  He encouraged the current undergraduates to keep the PKA bonds close to their hearts and become involved as alumni.

External Chapter VP Karan Hiremath then called up the members of the newly initiated Chi class to sing some traditional fraternity songs.  Showing their pride in Pi Kappa Alpha, and led by alumni Mort Cohen and Mark Mancini, they serenaded everyone with stirring renditions of “Down In Old Virginny”, “ He Rambled”, and “How’d You Like to be a PiKA.”

Concluding remarks were made by chapter President Guillermo Avila, who invited everyone to return to the Fraternity House. Back at the house, friendships were strengthened into the wee hours of the morning over refreshments, at the pool table, playing beer pong and pinochle.

The Alumni Association and the undergraduate members sincerely hope everyone returns next year as well as any alumni unable to attend this year. Of special note, next year will be the 50th Anniversary for the initiates of 1965. Plan now to be here next year.

In this photo: The Class of 1983. Click here to view many more pictures from this year's Founders Day.