For years, Jim Mogan helped run the foundation dedicated to honoring the memory of Holy Spirit High School teacher Stanley Marczyk. Now, the foundation will honor Mogan as recipient of the Stanley W. Marczyk Foundation Distinguished Recognition Award.

The foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students entering Holy Spirit since its inception in 1998, said Peter Elco, the foundation’s president and a former Absecon mayor.

“For over 40 years, (Marczyk) served as teacher, coach and athletic director, and Stan’s wish was that scholarships would go to deserving students,” Elco said.

After several years, Mogan — a 1961 Holy Spirit graduate and a teacher, head basketball coach, athletic director and assistant principal at Sacred Heart High School in Vineland — was asked to come on board as scholarship chairman and later executive board member and president.

One of the changes made was the creation of the Distinguished Recognition Award as the foundation’s prime fundraiser. Previous recipients include longtime Holy Spirit crew coach Stan Bergman, foundation co-founder Bill Diebert and football coach Ed Byrnes.

When Mogan decided to step down as president last year to focus on his position as director of Brigantine Community Education and Recreation, the foundation decided to honor his years of work by making him this year’s recipient.

“It was a tough decision (to leave), but I just had to make it,” Mogan said. “It continues on with new blood, and they graciously asked me if I would accept the award this year. I said yes I would. I’d love to, and I’m proud to do that.”

Elco, who remembers Mogan as a great basketball player at Holy Spirit, said that “people spoke highly of Jim, of his attitude toward others, his keen intellect and all he’s done for Holy Spirit. I’ve worked side-by-side with Jim for 12 years, and he has been a driving force for the Stanley Marczyk Scholarship Foundation.”

The award ceremony is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Carriage House, 25 S. Pitney Road, Galloway Township. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the door. For information, contact Elco at 609-412-8083.     

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