Perfect Night — at Misericordia

June 9, 2010 — On Saturday night (June 5), I returned to my
alma mater — Misericordia University in Dallas, PA — for the second time in
the last year. In November, I was back on campus to sign copies of Twenty-Seven.

On Saturday, I was in at the school to accept Misericordia’s
Young Alumnus Award. That award is bestowed on an alumnus who graduated within
the past 10 years and who has achieved exceptional success in their profession,
as determined by the University’s alumni association.

I am honored to have won such a prestigious award, and I was
thrilled to have had the privilege of sharing Saturday night with my family. My
father delivered a moving speech about me at the ceremony, where he was joined
by my mother, my wife and my son.

And, for the second time in a year, the Yankees were kind enough
to send the 2009 World Series Trophy to Misericordia for the event. Following
Saturday’s award’s ceremony, the University held a cocktail party and dinner
for the nearly 500 alumni on hand. Each and every one of them — along with
professors Don Skiff and Becky Steinberger whom I invited — had the
opportunity to get an up-close look and pose for photos with the trophy.

The praise that I received for bringing the trophy back to my
alma mater was, at times, overwhelming. I will never forget many of those
kind words, and I will always be grateful to Yankees brass for sending the hardware
to Northeast PA.

For me, Saturday night was about my family, Misericordia
University and the New York Yankees. Combining those three institutions into
one event made for the perfect night.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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