June 6, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. – Gathering distinguished members of the St. John’s Basketball family from several different generations under the same roof, the Lou Carnesecca & Chris Mullin Golf Classic went off without a hitch on Monday, raising funds for the St. John’s Basketball program and serving as a celebration of the storied history and bright future of the Red Storm.
Despite a questionable weather forecast on Long Island’s North Shore, the rain held off on Monday and guests were treated to 18 holes at one of the area’s finest course, Sands Point Golf Club.
Following the conclusion of the golf portion of the event, attendees were ushered inside for a program that recalled the history of St. John’s Basketball while giving glimpses into the Red Storm’s bright future.
Former Red Storm standout and three-time World Champion Bill Wennington emceed the dinner, welcoming a number of distinguished guests to the event including Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph. D, President, St. John’s University, Athletic Director Anton Goff, Athletic Director Emeritus John W. Kaiser and Board of Trustee members Bob Kalenka and Jim Shannon among others.
Wennington handed off the microphone to Campus Minister for Athletics Fr. Richard Rock, who delivered an invocation for the dinner. Next up to the podium were Dr. Gempesaw and Goff, who thanked the assembled crowd and promised a return to glory for Red Storm basketball.
Following the remarks from Dr. Gempesaw and Goff, Mullin stepped to the microphone and introduced the evening’s honored guest, childhood neighbor, lifelong friend and longtime St. John’s supporter Joe Harkins. Currently, Harkins is a partner at A.C. Risk Management and Insurance Co., after previously retiring as a beverage executive and entrepreneur and owner of Red Hook Distributing Corp. and Le Tourment Vert.
“They taught me how to play, they taught me how to defend myself, and when it got to the point where I wasn’t supposed to defend myself, they did it for me,” Mullin said of Harkins and his contingent of lifelong friends from Brooklyn in attendance. “I’m talking about loyal to the bone.”
After Mullin’s introduction, Harkins addressed the crowd and detailed his half-century long relationship with the Mullin family and St. John’s Basketball.
Through golf, sponsorships and a silent and live auction, featuring travel packages to the 2018 Final Four and 2018 Super Bowl, the Lou Carnesecca and Chris Mullin Golf Classic once again raised significant funds to benefit St. John’s Basketball.
For more information to help support future initiatives of the St. John’s Athletics Red White Club, please contact Nick Vendikos, Director of Athletic Development at (718) 990-6147 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a gift online, please visit http://athleticsgiving.stjohns.edu.