The Longhouse Council, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that the 2017 BOYPOWER Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center in Syracuse.  The event begins at 5:00 pm with a private VIP reception followed by dinner at 6:00 pm.  This year’s speaker is television CBS sportscaster Greg Gumbel and the honoree is Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.   Boypower Chairman is Dr. David Rogers, President of Morrisville State College.

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2017 Keynote Speaker – Greg Gumbel

greg gumbelGreg Gumbel’s standout work in the world of sports broadcasting has made his face, name, and voice as familiar as any in the industry. Throughout 40+ years in the business, Gumbel has become one of the most outstanding and best-known announcers in sports television. He has covered everything from Major League Baseball to the NBA to the NFL, the Men’s NCAA Championship Tournament, the Summer and Winter Olympic games, World Figure Skating Championships and the Daytona 500 to name a few.

In the fall, he calls exciting NFL play-by-play action across the country on CBS, with his broadcast partner, Trent Green. Prior to returning to the booth in 2006, Gumbel successfully completed his second season as the host of the CBS’ Emmy award-winning show “The NFL Today.” He formerly hosted “The NFL Today” on CBS from 1990-93 and “The NFL on NBC.” Gumbel was also the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of the National Football League from 1998 to 2003. In that capacity, he called the thrilling action at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston and Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. He is the first network broadcaster to both call play-by-play and host the Super Bowl. He hosted Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis, Super Bowl XXX in Tempe and Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego.

When the NFL season winds down, Greg is the host of one of the premiere events in all of sports, The NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. He has been the host of March Madness since 1998. During the height of March Madness, Greg spends hours in the studio with his colleagues, analysts Clark Kellogg, Seth Davis, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley, providing CBS viewers with exciting highlights and coverage on the Road to The Final Four.

Greg is a 3-time Emmy award winner and the 2007 Honoree of the prestigious Pat Summerall award for his outstanding work in broadcasting. He is a member of the National Board of Advisors for The March of Dimes and is honored to have become a member of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sports Council. Greg is also a member of the Board of Regents at his alma mater, Loras College, in Dubuque, Iowa.

2017 Distinguished Citizen – Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick

William Fitzpatreick

Having served in Onondaga County’s District Attorney’s Office for over 30 years and as a defense attorney for 5 years prior to becoming the District Attorney, William J. Fitzpatrick has been involved with a variety of cases that covered every facet of the law. Sworn in as District Attorney in January 1992, Fitzpatrick is responsible for an office containing 46 Assistant District Attorneys, 13 Investigators, and 40 support staff. Fitzpatrick has been re-elected six times and is serving his seventh four-year term. The jurisdiction of this office includes the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County with a total population of just under half-a-million people.

District Attorney Fitzpatrick completed his term as President of the New York State District Attorneys’ Association in July of 1999. The NYS DA’s Association awarded Fitzpatrick the Prosecutor of the year award in 2003. The NYS Bar Association named him Outstanding Prosecutor in 2005. He is also a member of the Onondaga County and New York State Bar Associations and he has been a member of the National District Attorney’s Association since 1984. He is currently the Association’s Chair of the Committee on Fair & Ethical Administration of Justice (CFEAJ).

In 2007 Fitzpatrick was appointed New York State Representative to the National District Attorney’s Association and was sworn in as President in July 2015.   New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman appointed D.A. Fitzpatrick in 2010 to the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission.  The Commission’s tasks to examine New York State’s sentencing laws and policies on an ongoing basis and make the appropriate recommendations.  He is extremely active in his community and has been involved with Vera House Foundation (a local shelter for battered women), McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, the Ronald McDonald House, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and several other community groups.

The D.A. resides in LaFayette, New York with his wife of 33 years, the Honorable Diane Fitzpatrick, a Judge on the New York State Court of Claims.  They have three children; son Daniel, a graduate of Syracuse University, daughter Sara, a graduate of Binghamton University; and youngest son Sean, a graduate of St. John Fisher College and is currently attending Syracuse University School of Law.

2017 Boypower Chairman – Dr. David Rogers, President of Morrisville State College

Daiv Rogers, president of morrisville state college

Dr. David E. Rogers was named the eighth president of Morrisville State College in June 2015.  Throughout a 16-year career at SUNY Morrisville, Dr. Rogers has earned the respect of the campus community and helped make the college a top destination not only for prospective students but for talented faculty and researchers, as well as businesses seeking partnership with higher education.

Dr. Rogers earned his Ph.D. in labor economics, collective bargaining, and econometrics from the SUNY College of Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell University. He also holds a master’s degree from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Prior to Morrisville, Rogers was the director of Institutional Research and Planning at Onondaga Community College, and has held faculty positions at Ithaca College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Le Moyne College.

Instrumental in the college’s strategic planning process, Dr. Rogers also helped secure SUNY 2020 and High Needs Grants in excess of $6 million. Additionally, he has served on numerous campus committees and community and college boards.

“There is no greater mission, across the SUNY system, than working with partners in our regions to prepare our graduates for their roles as leaders in our dynamic New York State economy. I am honored to assume the role as president to lead this vibrant institution forward.” – David E. Rogers