We're proud to announce that a JCC alumnus was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 17, 2014! Dan Lunetta, Class of 1978, was inducted along with seven others in a ceremony at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.
A Jamestown native, Lunetta began his baseball career as a groundskeeper at College Stadium — now known as Russell Diethrick Park — in 1979 and became the general manager of the Jamestown Expos a year later. That began an administrative career in baseball that is nearing 35 years. Along the way, Lunetta has served as the director of team travel for the Montreal Expos and the Cincinnati Reds. After serving a year as the general manager for the Rochester Red Wings in 1990, Lunetta joined the Florida Marlins in 1991 and served in various positions there, including as the director of minor league administration, farm director, and director of baseball administration. Highlighting his tenure with the Marlins was their 1997 World Series win. In 2002, Lunetta became special assistant to the general manager of the Montreal Expos. Since 2004, he has been director of minor league operations for the Detroit Tigers and has helped the franchise to two World Series appearances.
Click here to read about the induction ceremony.
We are proud to say that many of our alumni are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. We're grateful for your service and dedication to our country! The JCC Foundation has established the Veterans Scholarship Fund. Once fully funded, the scholarship will ease the financial burden of attaining a college degree for veterans, those currently serving on active duty or on reserve status, their spouses, and their children or dependents. Donations in support of the scholarship are being accepted. To learn about how you can make a gift, call the JCC Foundation at 716.338.1010 or click here to make a donation online!
Did you know that we've got some JCC alumni on the Jamestown City Council? We're proud of alumni Tony Dolce (R-Ward 2), Class of '81; Maria B. Jones (D-Ward 5), Class of '98; Kim A. Ecklund, (R-At Large), Class of '87; and George S. Spitale, (D-At Large), Class of '97. They're working hard to make our community a better place to live, work, and play! Thank you for all you do!
One of the newest members of the Chautauqua County Legislature is a JCC alumna! Janet Keefe, the new District 4 legislator, holds a degree in Human Services from SUNY JCC. She was a county legislator from 1985 to 1993 and was the County Attorney between 1998 and 2005.