Delano Valenti '54
"I cherished my days at Catholic Central and I want to repay it for all that it did for me. I'm certainly happy to continue my contributions. I know my money will be used wisely."
At age 75, Delano A. Valenti is still going strong. The Detroit-area entrepreneur is CFO of his nephew's construction business, owns a local restaurant/tavern, consults with the new owners of his former insurance agency and in general is very active in the metropolitan business arena.
Pausing for a moment in the middle of a busy day, Delano credits much of his work ethic, his financial success and his ability to meet and enjoy people to a single source: Detroit Catholic Central High School.
"I came from a strong ethnic background and had a father who taught integrity, honesty and respect," says Delano, a 1954 CC graduate. "Catholic Central offered these same things, and ever since I have exhibited them as much as I can in my business and personal lives.
"It was at Catholic Central that the seeds were planted for my future."
In appreciation, Delano is an active and involved CC supporter. He makes an annual contribution to the Belmont Club, participates in alumni events and will remember Catholic Central in his trust, which earned him membership in the St. Basil Legacy Society.
To Delano, one of the great things about CC is that more than 50 years after he graduated, the school still teaches the same values. And because of that, whenever you meet another Catholic Central graduate you know they'll have a strong character and a solid ethical background.
"I cherished my days at Catholic Central and I want to repay it for all that it did for me," he says. "I'm certainly happy to continue my contributions. I know my money will be used wisely."