Three awards handed out at Baron Club dinner

STEUBENVILLE – Three President’s awards were handed out Saturday during the 46th annual Baron Club dinner.

Proceeds from the event (formerly known as the Century Club Dinner) are designated to support NCAA Division III athletics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Father Richard Davis, TOR, vice president of community relations at Franciscan, presented awards to Rich Wilinski, the family of the late Arthur D’Anniballe and the family of the late Robert D’Anniballe Sr.

Wilinski, who has served as principal of Catholic Central High School since 2008, was honored for his more than five decades of serving as a role model for students throughout the Ohio Valley.

He was a former teacher and head football coach at Catholic Central in the 1970s and 1980s.

He also served as principal of Buckeye North High School from 1985-1989 and as principal of Edison High School from 1989-2008. He taught and was head football coach at Toronto High School from 1970-1977. His career in education began in 1959 at St. Anthony High School in Follansbee.

“I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by outstanding, teachers administrators and coaches as well as great administrative assistants and other staff,” Wilinski said. “The one constant has always been the students.

“The wonderful kids that I have had the opportunity to work with in the classroom and on the athletic field have been my focus. I hope I have been able to make some small contribution to their success.”

Brothers Arthur and Robert D’Anniballe were fixtures in the Steubenville community. Successful in business, they gave much back to the community, including fundraising for the Teramana Cancer Center and Franciscan University athletics, though both avoided drawing attention to their many works of charity. Both were charter members of the Franciscan University Century Club, which preceded the Baron Club.

After earning his accounting degree from The Ohio State University, Arthur D’Anniballe returned to Steubenville in 1949 and founded D’Anniballe and Company, a certified public accounting firm. He was a founding board member of the Jefferson Technical Institute (now known as Eastern Gateway Community College) in 1968 and served on the board for 26 years (19 as chairman).

In addition, he was actively involved with the College of Steubenville and later Franciscan University through the Century Club and the J.C. Williams Foundation Advisory Board. He was an avid supporter of Baron basketball and football. He was honored for his support of the university and the community.

“His love was the city of Steubenville and Franciscan University,” Tom D’Anniballe, the eldest son of Arthur, said. “He loved when a project would come together. He expected no credit and no publicity.

“His goal was to see things at the university and the community better than what he left it.”

The Steubenville community was central to Robert D’Anniballe’s life. He founded Ambulance Service Inc., Jefferson Security Services and Checker Transportation. He spent decades building ties between the school and the community. His legacy lives on in the university community through the D’Anniballe Rugby Ruckus and a scholarship established in his name to help Jefferson County residents with financial need attend the university.

“Anyone who knew my father knew how much he loved this community and this university,” Robert D’Anniballe Jr. said. “My father was proud to work shoulder to shoulder with all of you in support of the university’s causes.”

Before the presentation, Father Davis announced that going forward the awards will be known as the Father Terence Henry, TOR Baron Club Awards. Father Henry soon will be ending his 13-year tenure as the Franciscan president. He led the effort to bring sports back to Franciscan.

Also, Chris Ledyard, the university athletic director, reported ground will be broken soon on the $5 million expansion of Finnegan Fieldhouse.