37th Annual Golf and Dinner Classic

It was a beautiful, sunny day when Holy Cross High School hosted their 37th Annual Golf and Dinner Classic at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor, New York on Monday, June 24, 2019.  Following warm-ups on the putting green and range, golfers dined on a bountiful Breakfast Buffet in the dining room and outdoor patio, then took to the course for an 11:00 am shotgun start. Holy Cross students greeted golfers at Hole #11 where they competed against John Lombardo ‘22 to get closer to the pin in the Beat the Student contest. Kayden Superville ’21, along with Lady Knights Emily Browne, Sara Keenan and Gabriella Tesi, managed the ticket sales with former Principal Joe Giannuzzi ’65 overseeing all. The ladies were more than happy to share with alumni their experiences as the first female students at Holy Cross High School!

Returning to the Club for the Cocktail Reception and Dinner Buffet, golfers were joined by their spouses, friends and Holy Cross parents. The overall dining experience and quality of food was outstanding and raffle ticket sales were brisk (over 50 items to choose from!). Bidders on the Silent Auction attracted, among others, fans of the Yankees, Mets, Jets, Rangers and St. John’s Red Storm.

Adjoining to the dining room for Dessert and the Live Auction, Golf Committee Chairman Chuck Merritt ’84 introduced Terry Tarpey, Sr. and Al Ceresa, members of the first graduating Class of 1959, this year’s golf outing honorees.  Mike Truesdell, President of Holy Cross High School, gave a short “state of the school” address and Alumni Scholar Ian Doyle ’20 conveyed his gratitude to all of those present for their support of the Alumni Scholarship Fund. The highlight of the evening by far was the Live Auction, conducted by alumni James Benesh ’08 and AJ Sonnick ’11, who sparked non-stop laughter while generating bids totaling more than $21,000. One guest,  John Giannone ’81, MSG Sportscaster for the New York Rangers, sealed the deal with a last minute contribution of a 7-night stay at his Villa on Hilton Head.

We would like to thank all of our Golf and Dinner Classic supporters,
with special thanks to these leadership sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors
Elysee Investments
Flushing Bank
Michael D. Sapraicone ‘74

Lead Sponsors
The Della Vecchia Family
Daniel J. Hannon ‘73
Tom Keenan ‘67
Frank Korzekwinski ‘80
Lynch and Associates
Chuck Merritt ‘84
MUFG
New York Community Bank
Bob Wellner ‘67

Save the Date

Monday, June 15, 2020
38th Annual Golf and Dinner Classic
Old Westbury Golf and Country Club

1959 Alumni Reception

On April 5th, the first and great class of 1959 celebrated their 60th Anniversary Reunion at Bourbon Street in Bayside. The class of 1959 set a goal for themselves by trying to raise “60 for 60” in honor of Brother John Donoghue, CSC. It was a major success and class of 1959 exceeded their goal!

Alumni Reunion in Florida

Holy Cross alumni joined Mr. Jimmy Conboy ’83, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Mr. Mike Truesdell, President, at the Mets vs. Marlins game on February 27th in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Alumni were happy to reconnect and celebrate a win. Neil Filomena ’71 kindly hosted a post-game reception at the 1916 Restaurant at PGA Village.

Prior to the game, Jim Conboy ’83, met with alumni in different cities all over the Sunshine State, including, Tampa, Sarasota, Jupiter, Naples, Melbourne, and Port. St. Lucie.

“It was a great day and I enjoyed meeting members of our other classes as well. I guess it’s a natural form of trust that exists among us, we automatically responded to each other with a simple and natural connection.” – Jim McAleer ’61

36th Annual Golf Classic

A picture-perfect day with comfortable temperatures greeted golfers and guests at the annual Holy Cross High School Golf Classic on Monday, June 25th where over 140 alumni, parents and friends took part in day and evening activities at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor and nearby North Shore Country Club in Glen Head. Following a sumptuous breakfast at Engineers, golfers gathered for a shotgun start at both courses before returning to the Club for a Cocktail Reception and Dinner Buffet, Dessert and Live Auction. Members of the Holy Cross golf team challenged guests to get closer to the pin on the par 3s where participants also had the opportunity to win a lease on a car and a lifetime membership at Simplay in Hauppauge with a hole-in-one. The day also featured contests, giveaways, a silent auction and numerous raffle prizes donated by members of the Holy Cross family and friends.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors, contributors, golfers, auction/raffle donors and dedicated volunteers who helped raise more than $145,000, the net proceeds of which will benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund at Holy Cross High School. This fund, established by Holy Cross alumni in 1983, provides full, four-year scholarships to incoming freshmen based on academic achievement.

If you are interested in participating on the Golf Classic Committee for the 37th Annual Golf Classic in 2019, please email Gail Sicoli, Director of Alumni Relations and Events, at gsicoli@holycrosshs.org.

Click here for our Golf Classic photo gallery.

Soccer Reunion

On June 6, 2018, 31 Holy Cross alumni soccer players and their coaches gathered to celebrate a reunion on the 4th floor terrace of the school. Memories and laughter were exchanged between friends throughout the night. Athletic Director, Keith Goggin ‘92, gave the men a tour of Legends Hall, where the jerseys of several alumni who played Division 1 or pro soccer after graduating from Holy Cross were framed and hung in their honor. They also had the opportunity to view a banner hanging in the gym in memory of Taso Pappas ’89 as well as a plaque listing recipients of the soccer award given in his name each year.

Alumni Reunion in Port St. Lucie Florida

Holy Cross alumni joined Jim Conboy ’83, VP of Advancement, at the Mets. vs. Astros game on February 27, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Neil Filomena ’71 graciously  hosted a post-game reception at the 1916 Restaurant at PGA Village. Contact Gail Sicoli at gsicoli@holycrosshs.org to learn about Holy Cross alumni events in your area.

Football Reunion a Success!

22 Members of the 1977 Championship Football Team and their Coaches turned out to celebrate their 40th Reunion at the Olde Trading Post in New Hyde Park before attending the HC v Holy Trinity Varsity game where they were recognized on the field at half time. Making the day even more special was the Knights defeating their opponent 21-14!
 

Br. Francis Ellis, CSC Sends His Greetings!

August 2, 2017 —  Br. Francis Ellis was available for a bit of conversation about Holy Cross High School on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Jimmy Conboy ’83, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Mr. Mike Truesdell, President had a chance to drop in at Columba Hall on the campus of Notre Dame. Jimmy and Mike were between seminar sessions at a conference on Catholic secondary education.

During the conversation Br. Francis Ellis reported that he plays two rounds of golf per week now that he has retired from driving the shuttle bus for the residence of Holy Cross Village.

Br. Francis Ellis also volunteered his support for the May 2017 announcement of the expansion of the mission at Holy Cross High School to begin admitting young women. Since he enjoyed career experiences teaching in other Congregation of Holy Cross sponsored high schools that are co-ed, Jimmy and Mike asked him what Holy Cross High School students will notice first. “Good things,” he said. He continued, “You will see that students will push to do their best in the classrooms and respect one another.”

Br. Francis Ellis has a prodigious memory and asked about many alumni from his years of 1963 through 1978 at Holy Cross High School. He sends his greetings to all!

Br. Francis Ellis with Jimmy Conboy ’83, VP of Institutional Advancement and Mike Truesdell, President