Servite High School invites you to attend the ninth annual Excellence in Leadership Gala on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Hilton Anaheim. Terry Donahue will receive the National Leader Award. The Class of 1988 and the late Alec "Bunk" Wurth will receive the Brotherhood Award.
Servite proudly recognizes former UCLA Head Football Coach, Terry Donahue for his distinguished coaching career, his years as a college football analyst, for his inspirational messages to youth, and for his faith, family and community service leadership. Donahue led UCLA to 3 Rose Bowl victories in the 1980s, holds the PAC-12 and UCLA records for most coaching victories, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Most notably, he conducts the annual California Showcase for high school seniors to help them receive scholarships and financial aid.
Alec "Bunk" Wurth '88 and the Class of 1988
February 25, 2006 was a day the Servite family learned of a tragedy of one of its beloved members, Alec ‘Bunk’ Wurth ’88. Bunk sustained a spinal cord injury during a routine rugby match. His injury was the beginning of an 11-year journey that inspired exemplary brotherhood by bringing out the best in his classmates and hundreds of members of the Servite family and other friends.
The Servite community responded immediately with an outpouring of love. Teachers and classmates showed up by the dozens to pray for and to be with Bunk during his time in hospitals. Bunk endured several surgeries to stabilize his spine and spent the next seven months in hospitals. Dr. Ted Lawton ’86 stepped in to take over Bunk’s care and assist with his return to home in October 2006 and continued to care for him for the next 11 years. Kurt Winter ’84, Brian Criss ’88 and Sean Brennan ’82 were among alumni in the construction field to arrange donations of room fixtures, plumbing, concrete, patio and balcony to create a custom new room for Bunk’s ongoing care. Hundreds more alumni and family members, Rosary alumnae, rugby teammates helped throughout the journey.
Together, they rallied to support Bunk through his recovery by raising funds for his medical expenses. Within five months of Bunk’s injury, Dave ’88 and John ’78 Daly initiated planning for the first Bunk Wurth St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament held in Fall 2006 at Green River Golf Course. The second and succeeding tournaments were held on Bunk’s favorite day, St. Patrick’s Day, at Coyote Hills Golf Course. Kevin Traut ’88 has coordinated the tournament for the past 10 years.
Bunk inspired his Servite brothers with his strength, courage, artistic talents (he was noted for his American flag paintings) and his motto of “No bad days.” Bunk died in January, 2017. His spirit continues to inspire the community. In his memory, the Bunk Wurth Golf Tournament continues each St. Patrick’s Day and now raises money for an endowed fund in Bunk’s name that provides tuition assistance for students of alumni who want their sons to receive a Servite education. That was one of Bunk’s dreams and Servite is proud to honor his spirit and good intentions.
In 2018, Servite proudly recognized former Notre Dame Head Football Coach, Lou Holtz, for his distinguished coaching career, his years as a college football analyst for CBS and ESPN, for his inspirational messages as an author, and for his faith, family and community service leadership. Coach Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Dr. J. Thomas Heywood '71 was presented with the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award by former patient and MLB legend Rod Carew. Dr. Heywood s a Heart Failure Cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. He joined the Scripps Clinic in 2005 as director of the Heart Failure Recovery and Research Program. In 2012, he became medical director of the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Program which implants small pumps in those with end stage heart failure. He is an internationally recognized expert in heart failure and authored more than 80 publications and lectured throughout the world on state-of-the-art cardiomyopathy treatment.
He came to the United States from humble Italian roots with no understanding of English and $200 in his pocket. He wears a Rosary around his neck with a Blessed Mother Theresa medal. Through faith in God, hard work, attention to detail and unbridled enthusiasm, Bruno Serato created one of the culinary world’s most respected fine dining establishments – the Anaheim White House.
Bruno never lost sight of the centrality of his family, Catholic faith and Italian heritage. His family was known to provide milk and cheese to those in need in post-World War II Italy. They moved from Italy to France where he was raised with four brothers and two sisters until age 11. His family picked potatoes and beets for their livelihood.
Through his sister, Stella, Bruno received an invitation to come to the United States in 1980 to work at a French restaurant near her home in Orange County. In 1987, an opportunity to purchase the Anaheim White House property from Jim Stovall inspired Bruno to pursue his life-long dream to be a restauranteur. Thanks to his La Vie en Rose mentor, Louis Laulhere, and financing help from Jim Stovall, Bruno convinced lenders of his ability to establish a profitable business.
Running a first class restaurant is only part of this faith-filled, gregarious leader. In 2005, Bruno and his mother, Caterina, visited an Anaheim Boys and Girls Club. They noticed a small boy eating potato chips for dinner. When she learned the child’s parents could not afford to feed their son a real dinner, Caterina insisted that she and Bruno feed the boy who lived with his parents in a low-cost hotel. It was the beginning of Caterina’s Club that has served more than one million pasta meals to ‘motel kids’ of Anaheim.
Caterina’s Club feeds more than 1,200 kids each day. But, Bruno’s not stopping there. After witnessing the high number of motel kids in Anaheim (more than 2,000 families), he is helping these families move from motels to homes.
Bruno’s motivation to serve hungry children comes from his own upbringing where he saw and experienced hunger firsthand. Many of his childhood meals were barely a bowl of soup and slice of bread. He sees himself as a shepherd of God as a he is from a shepherd family that was very poor.
His humanitarian efforts have received local, national and international acclaim. In 2013, the Italian consulate knighted Bruno for his extensive work benefiting children and families living below the poverty line. He received the Pope John XXIII Award from the Italian Catholic Federation. Bruno keeps good company. He is proud of his Silver Medal San Martino Award from the Catholic people of Italy that had been previously awarded to Mother Theresa.
Servite joins others in celebrating this man of compassion. For being a faith-filled leader, and for his exemplary love and concern for hungry children in Anaheim, Bruno will receive the Community Leader Award at the Sixth Annual Servite Excellence in Leadership Dinner March 5, 2016 at the Anaheim Hilton. “Bruno exemplifies many of the virtues we hope our students will live as alumni,” said Peter Bowen ’82, President.
A scholarship has been established in Bruno’s name that will provide tuition assistance for needy students and motel kids of Anaheim to attend Servite. For information on the Bruno Serato Scholarship, contact Mr. Steven Beaird, VP of Advancement, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 714-774-7575 x 1168.
Its roots started in the spring of 1982 with a group of students organizing a Special Olympics event at Servite. It led to a 30-year annual event for special needs kids, the Kathleen E. and Jack Faley Memorial Special Games held on the campus of Cal State University Fullerton (CSUF).
Dan Faley ’82 felt compelled to help those facing physical and mental challenges. He and some classmates, with the cooperation of faculty and administration, organized the first and only Special Olympics event at Servite.
Following graduation from Servite, Dan attended Cal State University Fullerton, where a public relations class project in 1986 provided an opportunity to fuel his passion to serve special needs kids even more. Dan and three classmates organized the first CSUF Special Games event for special needs kids in local area schools. They wanted their event to be different from other Special Games events: a day of sports, food, ribbons, and lots of special attention with at least one volunteer for each participating student.
Dan estimated there were about 90 Special Athletes and an equal number of volunteers that first year of the Special Games. He wanted the event to grow and so he enlisted the help of his family. His late sister, Kathleen, helped organize the first Special Games. Tragically, Kathleen was killed in an auto accident in May of 1987.
At the Faley family Thanksgiving dinner in 1987, the sentiment was one of sorrow at the loss of their beloved Kathleen, each wanting to do something to preserve her memory. The desire to keep doing the Special Games inspired the Faleys to name the event in Kathleen’s memory. And so, the event became known as the Kathleen E. Faley Special Games.
Brothers Mike ’75, Tim ’80, Terry ’81 and James ’85 and their spouses joined Dan along with sisters Tricia (Rosary ’74), Mary Ann (Rosary ’86) and their parents, Jack and Kay Faley, to fill the void left with Kathleen’s passing. At that point, the Faley Special Games grew rapidly to several hundred participants and thousands of volunteers.
Dennis Kuhl begins his 12th year with the Angels after joining the club on Nov. 10, 2003. He was initially appointed as the Angels' seventh president before being promoted to Club Chairman on Nov. 14, 2009. Kuhl's central focus is on a renewed effort in the area of civic affairs and community outreach. Kuhl also oversees the Angels' flagship radio station KLAA AM830.
Under his leadership, the Angels have shown tremendous growth and advancement in key business initiatives, including sponsorship and marketing revenues, the nationwide expansion and marketing of the Angels brand. Kuhl also played a key role in working with Major League Baseball in the Angels hosting the 2010 All-Star Game.
Kuhl is also actively involved in several Southern California charities. He serves as president of the "Light the Night" event which supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is a founding board member of The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott Trophy. Kuhl works with Susan G. Komen for the Cure serving as a member of the Orange County Affiliate's Board of Directors and is also one of their "Pink Tie Guys," a select group of advocates speaking out to find a cure for breast cancer. Kuhl is a member of the Board of Governors at Chapman University, along with the board of directors for several nonprofits: the Los Angeles Sports Council, Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, Newport Sports Museum, One Mission Foundation, the Children's Education Foundation of Orange County, Tiger Woods Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County. In 2014, Kuhl served as a cochairperson for the United Cerebral Palsy Golf Classic and a co-chairperson for the annual Red, White & Greens Golf Tournament to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards for South County Outreach and the Irvine Public School Foundation and is also on the Angels Baseball Foundation Board of Directors.
A Boonton, N.J. native, Kuhl graduated from the University of Arizona in 1970 with a degree in business administration. In 2009, he was named the 'Business Man of the Year' by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. He currently resides in Newport Beach.
Todd Hart ’81 was a standout athlete at Servite in football and track. He continues to hold school records for high jump and the 110-meter hurdles. He went on to play college football at Long Beach State, where on September 11, 1982, his life changed dramatically and quite unexpectedly.
Long-Beach State was pitted against UCLA in a game at the Rose Bowl. Todd, a sophomore safety, was defending a pass play late in the third quarter. UCLA's Jojo Townsell came streaking down the middle of the field to receive a pass from quarterback Rick Neuheisel. Todd, fellow safety Darrell Pattillo, Townsell and Neuheisel's pass all met at the same moment.
Pattillo intercepted the pass. Todd landed awkwardly on his head. Pattillo and Townsell landed on top of him. Todd thought he had the wind knocked out of him. But he couldn't move.
"They rolled me over and I felt some pretty bad pain," he said. "I knew something was wrong, but I had no idea what was ahead of me."
His football career was over. He would not walk again. He nearly died.
Todd spent the next 10 weeks at Huntington Memorial Hospital. His parents, Wyatt and Susan, stood vigil. Todd was hooked up to a respirator, unable to breathe on his own. The prognosis was not good.
Todd had two fractured vertebrae near the base of his head. He developed pneumonia and other complications. His lungs collapsed. Doctors told his family he wouldn't survive, but if he did, he'd never breathe on his own. Certainly, he'd never recover any movement.
It took nearly a decade of tedious and painful stretching and exercise, but Todd, aided by his parents, six alumni and many other friends, proved the doctors all wrong.
With limited use of his arms and legs, he gets around well in a wheelchair. Now 51, Todd and his wife, Polita, are the parents of two sons and a daughter. They celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary October 10th. Ironically, Todd earned his law degree from UCLA. He is director of government relations for the Orange County district attorney.
The injury left him paralyzed, but his life is an inspiration. "There is nothing I would change about my life,” said Todd. "I want my success to help others with disabilities see how much can be done."
For his courage, determination, exemplary will, and strength of character, Todd will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Fifth Annual Excellence in Leadership Dinner, March 28th at the Anaheim Marriott. The six alumni who came to his aid, Paul Kelly ‘81, Brian Molloy ‘81, Jeff Mook ‘81, Gene Ramos ‘81, Kurt Sardella ‘79 and John Stoody ‘81 will receive the Brotherhood Award for their heroic and inspirational leadership. This will be the first time Servite has bestowed this honor. Coach Toner will introduce the honorees.
Craig Kelly entered Servite in the fall of 1968 with a love of languages and history. He felt a calling to Foreign Service which led to a career that included appointments to the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican, chief of staff for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Ambassador to Chile, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere under former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton.
During his exemplary foreign service career, Craig was the senior-most diplomat for policy and management issues related to U.S. diplomacy who influenced policy in 34 countries from Canada to Chile. He was point person on sensitive issues in Honduras and Cuba.
After studying Spanish for four years at Servite, Craig attended UCLA where he received his undergraduate degree and a doctorate in Romance Languages and European History. In addition to English and Spanish, he speaks French, Portuguese and Italian. He studied at the National War College in Washington, D.C., and earned a degree from France’s Ecole National d’Administration (ENA) in Paris. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy.
Craig credits Servite with honing the skills that led to his foreign service career. Active in Student Council, he was elected Student Body President his senior year. He played on baseball and freshman football teams, ran Cross Country and worked on the Yearbook. “Servite created opportunities that brought out the best in us,” he said. “We had fun and were treated like men when we erred in our ways.”
For more than 30 years, Craig has worked in foreign service as ambassador and diplomat. He worked with world leaders at the highest levels of diplomacy. He participated in more than 80 meetings with Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Presently, he is Director of International Government Relations for Exxon Mobil in Washington, D.C.Craig and his wife, Kimberly, have a daughter, Cameron and son, Evan.
Jack was born in Los Angeles, October 13, 1932. His family moved to Amarillo, Texas in 1946 where he became involved with the Maverick Boys Club and was Maverick Boy of the Year in 1949.
Jack graduated from Amarillo High School in 1950. He received an appointment to West Point Military Academy. After injuring his knees, he was given a medical discharge. Jack continued his education at the University of Texas where he graduated in 1957. While at the university, he and his doubles partner were national hand ball champions in 1955 and 1957.
After a few years in the business world, Jack returned to southern California in 1962. He taught math at the junior high and high school levels. In 1975, Jack began teaching math courses at Servite High School, and also was a drivers' education instructor and an inspirational football coach. He influenced thousands of Servite alumni, including a young quarterback named Steve Beuerlein who went on to play football for the University of Notre Dame and later won a Super Bowl ring with the Dallas Cowboys. Jack retired from Servite High School in 1995 ending a thirty-five year career as teacher and coach.
Jack passed away in February, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diana, his sons, Craig and Lance, his sister, Elaine Brown, and seven grandchildren, Spencer, McKinlee, Dillon, Chloee, Leilani, Bella and Lucinda. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He was an avid sports fan and loved football. He enjoyed Vegas as well as the horse races. Jack loved Elvis, movies, dancing and doo-wop music. He was very involved in bowling, horseshoes, golf, bridge, and handball.
Jack always told Diana that she was his angel who walked on earth. Those were his last words to her, his Lady Di.
Stephen Taylor "Steve" Beuerlein holds the distinction of being the only student in Servite High School history to letter in four sports: football, basketball, baseball and diving.
In his senior year, Steve led Servite to the 1982 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Big Five football state championship, where he was named player of the year, and displayed all the skills and leadership of a major college quarterback recruit. He went on to attend the University of Notre Dame where he was starting quarterback during all four years and is one of only two Notre Dame quarterbacks to lead the Irish to victory over USC for four years. In his senior year, he played for legendary coach Lou Holtz who said, “I can never repay you for the contributions you made to the University of Notre Dame. The National Championship and great teams we had in the future were because of the attitude and the commitment to excellence the ’86 team established my first year.”
Steve was drafted into the NFL by the Oakland Raiders and played for five other teams over a successful 17-year career. His most notable seasons were with the Dallas Cowboys where he won a Super Bowl ring in 1992 and with the Carolina Panthers. In 1999, he had one of the greatest seasons by a quarterback in NFL history. He was noted for his quick release, exceptional ability to read defenses, confident leadership, and poised presence in the pocket.
Following his pro football career, Steve moved to the announcing booth where he is a commentator on CBS for NFL and college football games. He returned to Orange County in 2011 and now also serves as a Vice President at Willis Insurance Services of California. Steve and his wife, Kristen, have two sons and two daughters: Taylor (17 - junior at Servite), Kailey (15), Jacob (14) and Kendall (8).