Pat Gillick Inducted Into Eagle Scout Hall of Fame
Phillies President Honored at Boy Scouts Annual Eagle Recognition Dinner
Eagle Scout Chris Kelly with Eagle Hall of Fame Inductee Pat Gillick
More than 325 people gathered at The Union League of Philadelphia on May 26 to celebrate the achievements of the 301 young men from throughout the region who received the rank of Eagle Scout last year and to honor Philadelphia Phillies President Pat Gillick, the newest inductee into the Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Hall of Fame.
Pat Gillick was very active in Scouting as a youth and earned the Eagle Scout rank in 1951 in Sherman Oaks, California. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 and is the first and only Eagle Scout to receive that honor. In addition to many outreach efforts that benefit the community, Mr. Gillick and the Philadelphia Phillies have sponsored the Richie Ashburn Golf Classic for the past 30 years, raising $100,000 annually for Scouting.
In addition to being inducted into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame, Mr. Gillick was also presented with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Eagle Scout Association. The award was established to recognize Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years of receiving the Eagle Scout rank, have reached the highest level of success in their careers nationally and have demonstrated a strong record of service to their community. Since its inception in 1969, only 2,000 people have been selected for this prestigious award.
“I had a wonderful time at the Eagle Scout dinner at The Union League,” said Gillick. “The young men I had the opportunity to interact with were all very impressive and I would like to thank the Boy Scouts of America for inviting me to their event and allowing me to take part in what was a great night.”
Also presented at the dinner was the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, bestowed to Chris Brenner, retired educator and camp director of Resica Falls Scout Reservation, for his selfless service to thousands of Scouts from around the region and beyond. Additionally, a total of $5,000 in college scholarships were awarded to three deserving Eagle Scouts.
“This is an event I look forward to every year,” said Mark Chilutti, chair of the council’s Eagle Scout Alumni Committee and executive board member. “I can still think back to the spring of 1983 when I attended this dinner as a young Eagle Scout. I hope that every Eagle Scout who joined us this year carries those same memories with them in the future.”
Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, a Scout must complete at least 21 merit badges, serve their troop in a leadership position, and successfully pass a board of review. Most importantly, Scouts must plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project that benefits their community.
Gillick (far right) as a Scout on an Order of the Arrow dance team
For pictures from the 2015 Eagle Scout Reunion & Recognition Dinner, please click here >