08 Dec 2005

Charlie Valluzzo Inducted into CHS Hall of Fame

Charlie Valluzzo was inducted into the Catholic High School Hall of Fame on December 8 at the 21st Annual Founders Banquet at the Baton Rouge River Center.

Charles ‘Charlie’ L. Valluzzo is a hard working man of great character, perseverance and endless generosity who is dedicated to family and community.

Charlie, born in Ohio and raised in Michigan, graduated from Western Michigan University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

In 1964, he moved to Baton Rouge and opened his first two McDonald’s restaurants in the area. Today he is CEO of a 51-store McDonald’s market.

In addition to building a strong business in south Louisiana, Charlie also has been committed to building better communities through active participation and leadership in numerous charitable organizations. He serves as co-chairman of the Catholic High School Second Century of Excellence Campaign and on boards for the Catholic High School Foundation, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, The Wilbur Marvin Foundation, Salvation Army and Boy Scouts of America.

After his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Charlie became active in Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital City, Inc. He works with Alzheimer’s Services to increase community awareness about this disease and the importance of finding its cure.

Charlie was instrumental in establishing the Development Office at Bishop Sullivan High School, now St. Michael the Archangel Regional High School. He has served also as chairman of the Academic Distinction Fund, which invests private funds to foster improved teaching and learning in public schools.

Charlie has been recognized through the years for his unselfish acts of generosity. He received the Caring Award from the American Red Cross, was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, and received the Golden Deeds Award from The Advocate.

Charlie and his wife of 47 years and childhood sweetheart, Nancy, have 5 children ‘ John ’78, Becky, Tim, Chris ’87 and Patrick ’99 ‘ and 13 grandchildren.