LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — More than $35,000 was raised by the Siena College community in the American Cancer Society’s popular Relay for Life last month.
Among the many who supported the 12-hour overnight event on March 30 to 31 were two friars — college chaplain Gregory Jakubowitz, OFM, whose prayer started the relay, and Dennis Tamburello, OFM, who sang and played guitar.
This was Siena’s ninth participation, said senior Eric Guzman, vice chairperson of Siena’s event. More than 300 persons turned out from Siena, according to a news release.
Dennis said that he enjoys participating in the relay because of the bond with students. “What I most enjoy about relay is that I am doing it with the students,” said Dennis who attended from approximately 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. “Working together with them on this and other fundraisers creates a bond that goes beyond my work in the classroom.
Dennis, who said has participated in at least three relays, dedicated his support this year to classmate Robert Stewart, OFM, who died of cancer in 2001 at age 51. This event was especially important to Dennis since a friend has advanced-stage cancer.
“I performed twice, one set on guitar by myself — except for one song that a student sang with my accompaniment — and one set on drums with those students in the picture.”
Dennis said that one of the students with whom he performed, Sean Baldwin, is the nephew of a person Dennis knew more than 30 years ago. Photos of the Relay performance as well as a one of Dennis with Sean’s uncle “back around 1981” were posted last week on the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Facebook page, attracting numerous comments.