Boypower 2017

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.

2017 Keynote Speaker – Greg Gumbel

Greg Gumbel’s side_greg_gumbelstandout 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 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

Havinwilliam-fitzpatrick-onondaga-county-da-mbhweqf1eq16k53exvklkekeiqcwl8o4qmio129h9wg 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.

Dr. David E. _s0a0463big_ret_eRogers, was named 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

2017 Boypower Commemorative Coin Sale

The 2017 BOYPOWER Dinner marks the seventh year of a highly anticipated tradition that began with Toshiba Business Solutions minting bronze and 100% pure silver coins to commemorate the  BOYPOWER Dinner.

Toshiba Business Solutions has once again agreed to mint a limited  number of 2017 pure silver and bronze coins.  This year, each coin will feature the scales of justice and the Boy Scouts of America’s fleur-de-lis.  There are only 50 silver coins available. Each silver coin sells for $150 and is individually numbered, weighs one full ounce, and is a true collector’s item.

All proceeds from the sale of the coins directly supports the Longhouse Council’s unique  camping facilities and provide program area improvements,  transportation, and camperships for its’ Scouts at Camp Woodland and Sabattis Scout Reservation. It costs $125 to send a Scout to Camp Woodland and $325 to send a Scout to Sabattis.  In addition, bronze coins will be available with the identical    design and can be purchased for $20.

The Longhouse Council, BSA would like to recognize and thank Toshiba Business Solutions for their continued sponsorship of these wonderful commemorative coins.  Their generosity and investment in Scouting is a testament and vote of confidence of how important our mission is. Their efforts have helped so many Scouts and their families in the past, present, and future.  Toshiba Business         Solutions has donated approximately $70,000 worth of commemorative coins for the Scout program, allowing approximately 200 Scouts to attend our summer camp program.