The annual Patrick J. DiPaolo Scholarship Awards Banquet was held at the Sacred Heart Church Auditorium.

The event recognizes 10 outstanding local high school student-athletes by granting them a $1,000 scholarship to go towards their collegiate careers.

Michael Romeo serves as the co-chairman on the executive board for the Patrick J. DiPaolo Scholarship Committee and said seeing kids being helped with their college expenses is something that Patrick would have wanted.

"College tuition as we know is pretty crazy right now, every little bit helps and that is really what Patrick sought to do was to help out kids no matter what however big or small the amount of money he could spend on them, it was just to help out," Romeo said.

Annabella Cipalla was one of the recipients and said the scholarship is going to help her fulfill a lifelong dream.

"I have always wanted to go to college to play softball so just using this money to go and play just helps out so much," Cipalla said.

"Growing up with Patrick and seeing all the time and effort that he put in, it is unfortunate that he is not with us but we can preserve his memory through an evening like this and for something these kids can take away knowing that they received something special tonight," Romeo said.