July 18, 2011
The beautiful South Shore Country Club played host to the 32nd
Annual Staten Island Golf Outing, where alumni and friends teed off
to raise money for student scholarships.
“I’ve always loved this event,” said Nick Legakis ’97SVC, ’07MPS,
Director of Institutional Advancement at the Staten Island campus.
“It gives us all a chance to enjoy a day of golf and catch up with
good friends, while at the same time doing something really
important for the students who benefit from the Sipp/DeStefano
Since its inception, the Sipp/DeStefano Scholarship Fund
has awarded a total of $192,256 in grants to 96 St. John’s
students. Those grants have ranged from a minimum of $500 to a
maximum of $6,400 per student. The money raised at the Staten
Island Golf Outing goes toward that effort.
This year’s event also honored three of St. John’s distinguished
alumni: Hon. Michael J. Brennan ’73L, Frank Fusaro ’69CBA and John
“What St. John’s did for me and my career by accepting me – a
veteran – when no one else wanted to take us in, was really
special,” said Brennan, who served as a decorated Captain during
the Vietnam War and currently works as an elected Justice of the
Supreme Court, New York State Second Judicial District. “The
University really did make us part of the family, and they continue
to do that.”
Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to compete in a
team stroke-play event and a putting competition. The beautiful
weather and fantastic company made the friendly contests all the
“It’s so nice to renew old friendships,” said Thomas P. Joyce
’73CBA, ’77MBA. “I got to meet up with a great crowd of alumni from
the Staten Island campus, and so far it’s been great.”
Bill Hudock took first place in the putting contest, while the
foursome of Joe Caldarera ’78NDC, Nick Brunetti, Nick Delaglio and
Ralph Piccirello won the team stroke-play event with a score of
George Wonica, Jr. ’96SVC had the longest drive of the day and Fran
Fusaro ’69CBA won closest-to-the-pin honors.
Once the golfing had concluded, Legakis thanked those in attendance
for supporting the Sipp/DeStefano Scholarship Fund.
“I know that we’re all proud to be associated with such great
people,” he said. “They really put the Vincentian philosophy of
caring and compassion for others into action, and they do so in a
very quiet but real way.”