The Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize

Awarded to annual brother of the year recipient

Brother Dolly Hailstork: 1915 - 2010

Every pledge class includes a member whose selfless contributions to the fraternity demand exceptional recognition. The Class of 1980 Aldophus C. Hailstork Prize is an annual award designed to honor a brother who has demonstrated his unwavering commitment and unparalleled leadership throughout his time as an active member of the fraternity.

Dolly, Adolphus C. Hailstork II, was born near Ithaca, New York, on September 9, 1915. He served as cook for the Sigma Pi Fraternity brothers for 32 years. A former boxer and Negro League baseball star, Dolly was the soul of Sigma Pi from 1960 to 1992. He never forgot a single name or hometown of a brother of Sigma Pi. The chapter initiated Dolly posthumously into the brotherhood in October 2011.
The class of 1980 established and funded the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize fund at their class reunion to recognize the Annual Brother of the Year Award.


Recipient is a member of the senior class:
The full scope of an undergraduate brother's contributions to the fraternity can only be measured at the end of his undergraduate years. Recipients have demonstrated an unyielding commitment to Sigma Pi from beginning to end.

Recipient has tangibly exemplified the ideals of Sigma Pi:
Winners of this award have consistently maintained high scholarly standing, diffused culture in their surrounding community, and developed the character of themselves and those around them.

Selection Procedure

Each year, the undergraduate executive board will select a candidate whom it believes best fits the criteria of the award. The board will then submit its recommendation to the alumni executive board for its approval. Upon ratification from the alumni board, the recipient will be notified by the undergraduate executive board at the spring Orchid Ball.


The winner of the award will receive a monetary prize from the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize fund and a plaque commemorating his achievement, which will be displayed in the Sigma Pi house.

The 2017 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize Recipient: Justin Bredahl ’17

Justin Bredahl ’17

“Every year, Sigma Pi awards one senior member of the fraternity the Adolphus Dolly C. Hailstork Jr. Brother of the Year Award. The Brother of the Year (or BOY), is awarded to honor a brother who has demonstrated his unwavering commitment and unparalleled leadership throughout his time as an active member of the fraternity. This year we had four nominees: Bill McGrane, Agustin Martinez, Justin Bredahl, and David Dellapelle. All four of these men demonstrated selfless commitment to the betterment of Sigma Pi, both through their roles as position-holders and their roles as brothers and friends to each and every one of us.

Our BOY this year is the true backbone of Sigma Pi. Many of you already know this, but for those of you who do not, Justin Bredahl truly lives and breathes for this brotherhood. He is a man of many words. He is the motivator and the glue of this organization. While many past BOYs have had impressive Sigma Pi resumes, holding as many positions as they can, Justin wins this award because of his truly undying commitment to ‘make memories’ with his brothers, his rousing house meeting speeches, and his dedication to physically protect every brother in this house. Congratulations Justin, and thank you for your commitment and leadership during your time here.

—Sage Jake Howell at the Spring Orchid Ball

Past Recipients

2016: Brandon Choi ’16
2015: Nick Wint ’15
2014: Brendon Viña ’14
2013: Zachary Smith ’13
2012: Tyler Ramsden ’12
2011: Aaron Klein ’11
2010: Evan Alan Lanouette ’10
2009: Anthony Majette ’09
2008 special award: Seth Mosner ’09
2008: Timothy Horsburgh ’08
2007: Lance Fraenkel ’07
2006: Alexander Deyle ’06

Make a Gift

For further information on the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize, contact Chantal Champagne, Director, Donor Relations, Alumni Affairs and Development at 607-254-7196, or visit Cornell Giving and type in the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize Fund #0001589. Gifts to the fund are treated as gifts to Cornell. Cornell manages the funds as part of its endowment. As with Cornell's endowment, a portion of the earnings are reinvested as principal and a portion of the earnings are released every year to make prize awards. All gifts to the fund are tax deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes.