Two to receive Distinguished Centurion honors at GCC’s annual auction Feb. 22, 2019

GREENSBURG — Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School will honor two people — a member of the Class of 1979 and a former member of the school administration and faculty — at the school’s annual auction, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at Stratigos Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon.

Timothy Dugan of McMurray will receive the Distinguished Centurion Award for outstanding professional achievement and community involvement, and James Farrell of Greensburg will be honored for having positively impacted the GCC community through devotion of time, effort or talent.

Dugan, a 1979 graduate of GCC, has had a long career in the energy industry and is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer of CNX Resources Corp. of Canonsburg.

“The teachers at GCC gave me their time when it was needed and helped me through my class work, but they also spent time to get to know me as a person,” Dugan said.

Dugan and his wife, Mary Beth, have four adult children, all of them GCC graduates, and three grandchildren.

Farrell served GCC in several capacities between 1964 and his retirement in 1997: world cultures teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, athletic director and basketball coach. He coached GCC to the 1980 state championship game.

Sister of Charity Maureen O’Brien, a longtime GCC colleague, said, “Jim is a man of utmost faith and integrity who served as a role model to students and faculty alike. The students were always his first priority in anything he did for the GCC community.”

Farrell and his wife, Betty, have three children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The 2019 auction includes basket raffles, games, grazing stations, a dessert dash and auctions of higher education scholarships. Proceeds benefit GCC. Bidding can be done by mobile text through BidPal.

Tickets are $70 and can be purchased at or by calling the school’s advancement office at 724-834-0310, ext. 4201.

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