The Edmond Sun


May 30, 2013

Bishop McGuinness selects Alumni of the Year

EDMOND — Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School has bestowed the 2013 Alumni of the Year Award to David Riesenberg, a 1975 graduate. When describing Riesenberg, words and phrases like: hard working, sacrifice, generous, strong faith, humility and a perpetual positive attitude are used.

Paying his own way through Bishop McGuinness, Riesenberg, starting in the food business early on, worked at Steak ‘N Ale Restaurant. After high school, he went on to study hotel and restaurant management at Oklahoma State University. Riesenberg then went on to work at Pistachio’s and Interurban until he decided to open up the Belle Isle Restaurant and Brewpub in 1994.

Riesenberg and his wife Sally know the importance of a catholic education and have made countless sacrifices so they could send their children Brittany, 2002; Jeff, 2004; John, 2007; and Pepsi, 2012, through Bishop McGuinness. He said to his children growing up, “You can be a giver or a taker, but you cannot be both.”

Those who know David well will say it’s obvious which path he chose in life: That of a giver, said Sandy Cunningham, director of public relations.

“Many of his employees over the years have an affiliation with BMCHS, whether they are recent graduates, current students, kids who need a second chance, or kids who need money to pursue their education at McGuinness like he did,” Cunningham said.

Riesenberg has volunteered for the Boy Scouts, Peru Missions and many other causes. One of the Peru Missions resulted in the adoption of David and Sally’s fourth child, Pepsi. As a GATHER group leader David provides food service for many charitable events. He has served cookies to the Oklahoma County Jail inmates and staff, and he has provided Thanksgiving dinner for the Salvation Army.

The Alumni Association of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School said it is proud to add Riesenberg as its latest recipient of the Alumni of the Year Award.

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