Roman Catholic High School Raises $215,000 for Scholarships in One Night

Tuesday, October 22nd


(Left to right) RCHS Student Council President Alvin Alex ’14, Chair of Roman’s Board and CEO of Equus Capital Partners, LTD. Dan DiLella ’69, Award Recipient Thomas A. Leonard, Esq. ’64, wife Cathy Leonard, son Tom Leonard, and RCHS President/Rector Father John Flanagan

For Immediate Release:

PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 18, 2013 On Thursday, October 17th 2013, Roman Catholic High School honored Thomas A. Leonard, Esq., Partner and Litigation Department Chair at the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell, & Hippel, LLP, as the recipient of the 22nd Annual Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award at the Union League of Philadelphia.GPALA_1

Thomas A. Leonard, Esq. ’64 speaks to his peers at the Union League of Philadelphia after accepting the Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award from his alma mater, Roman Catholic High School.

Since its inception, the Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award has raised over $2 million for scholarships and tuition assistance at Roman Catholic. This year’s black tie affair, presented by Independence Blue Cross, was the highest grossing in its 22 year history, bringing in $215,000. The evening’s dinner sponsor, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell, & Hippel, LLP and the cocktail reception sponsor, Equus Capital Partners, LTD brought friends from law, real estate, and investment firms as well as banks, universities, and developers to create a variable who’s who of some of Philadelphia’s most prominent business and civic leaders. .

Over the years, the Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award has become an excellent opportunity for philanthropists of the Philadelphia business community to express their support for Catholic education, specifically the education provided by Roman Catholic High School.

Thomas A. Leonard, Esq. is a 1964 graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He is the former Controller for the City of Philadelphia and currently serves as the President of Roman Catholic High School’s Board of Advisors. In his remarks when receiving his award, he mentioned the benefit of his free Catholic education at Roman and how today’s leaders should invest in the education of these young men who make up the “hodgepodge” of diversity at Roman Catholic.

Over 60% of students attending Roman Catholic High School receive some type of financial assistance or scholarship. Roman students come from 160 elementary schools throughout the Delaware Valley.



Roman Ambassadors in their formal attire working at the Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award.