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Barbara and Dennis Gomes to Receive St. Augustine Prep Mendel Award

Posted April 30th, 2013


On Thursday, May 16, St. Augustine Preparatory School will celebrate the philanthropic endeavors of Barbara Gomes and her husband, Dennis (posthumously), by naming them as the 2013 Gregor Mendel Award recipients.

The Mendel Award has been bestowed annually by the Prep since 1974 to honor the outstanding contributions made to the South Jersey community by one of its residents.  The award and medal are named for Gregor Johan Mendel (1822-1884), an Augustinian friar and renowned botanist.  His discoveries led him to become known as the Father of Genetics.

Mr. and Mrs. Gomes are being recognized, not only for their unselfish dedication to the education of the Christian Gentleman at St. Augustine, but also for their civic commitment to numerous educational, health, artistic, and religious charities throughout New Jersey and Nevada.

“Barbara and Dennis Gomes represent all that is St. Augustine.  Just like our patron saint, they embody the love of God first and foremost, the joy of service to their fellow man and the unity and spirit of community. I am truly blessed having known Dennis prior to his untimely passing and I look forward to sharing this special evening with Barbara and her family and friends,” said St. Augustine Preparatory School president, Fr. Donald F. Reilly, O.S.A., D.Min.

The Mendel Award dinner will take place at Merighi’s Savoy Inn, in Vineland, NJ.  For more information on the event please contact Mrs. Linda Pine, Director of Donor Relations, (856) 697-2600, Ext. 173 or