It’s been going on now for 20 years, but instead of slowing down appears to be getting stronger. “It” is the work of the Saint Mary’s East Bay Scholarship Fund, Inc., the group of SMC alums and friends headed by Oakland Funeral Director Joseph P. Shally ’32.
Shally convened the group’s annual dinner party May 21 at the elegant Claremont Country Club in Oakland. One of the largest crowds ever was on hand to witness Shally’s yearly feat: a personal introduction of each of the 100 or so persons in attendance without beneﬁt of notes.
From the dinner’s proceeds—tab is $50 per person—the East Bay Scholarship Fund has accumulated more than $80,000 in assets since 1955. The money it turns over to Saint Mary‘s each year—$3,500 in ﬁscal ’75—still goes to deserving students from Alameda County.
Shally does most of the work on the dinner—getting out invitations, collecting money, serving as master of ceremonies, etc. But, as he was quick to point out, he is helped by several Saint Mary’s men in managing the fund and handling other details: Alfred H. Buxton ’28, a trustee of the fund; John Clayworth ’42, vice president of the board; Richard G. Logan ’42, secretary; and Phillip D. Quittman ’36, treasurer.
Besides its ﬁnancial contribution to Saint Mary’s, the dinner is a grand occasion for a loyal and generous group of alums to get together on an annual basis. Long live the East Bay Scholarship Fund!
Joseph P. Shally (at microphone) brings a smile to lips of Brother Mel Anderson (left), president of Saint Mary ’5‘, and Albert J. Heeg Jr., president of the alumni association.