Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic
Alumni, parents, corporate sponsors, and friends have continued the annual tradition of the Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic since 1987. In that time, over $2 million has been raised through the outing in support of the scholarship program at Archbishop Molloy High School. These scholarships have impacted many bright young men and women. Whether signing up as a single golfer or a foursome, reserving a sponsorship package, purchasing a journal ad or raffle tickets, volunteering, or making a tax-deductible donation, you make a significant difference in the lives of our students.
31st Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic
You are invited to attend our next outing! The 31st Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, May 1st, 2017. Golfers will be invited to play at two prestigious courses on Long Island: Plandome Country Club and North Hills Country Club. A variety of registration options and sponsorship packages are available for your review in this year's invitation. You may have already received your invitation in the mail, however you may also download a PDF version of the invitiation by clicking the image in the right column or the link below. If you have any questions about reserving your spot, registering a foursome or sponsorship package, purchasing a journal ad or raffle tickets, volunteering or donating, contact Alumni Development Officer Matt Rizzotti.
Thank you for your continued support of the Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic. Your participation directly impacts students in need, and we are so grateful for your generosity.
--- Matt Rizzotti ‘04
The Stanner Golf Classic Board
Digital Golf Journals
30th Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic Raises over $150,000 for Molloy’s Scholarship Program
by Joe Sommo ’03 | Alumni Communications Director
Over 260 golfers filled North Hills and Plandome Country Clubs on Monday, May 2nd, in celebration of Molloy’s 30th annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic. Though original weather forecasts were not ideal, our alumni, parents, corporate sponsors, and friends were fortunate to have the rain hold off. After a delicious breakfast buffet, every foursome was able to enjoy a full 18-hole game. “It was great to see everyone in high spirits,” said President Richard Karsten ’81, who visited with foursomes throughout the day. “I saw many golfers who were excited to get their swings in as a result of the favorable weather, and that kept the pace of the game moving quickly. It really turned out to be an exceptional day of golf.”
Prize holes including Hole In One, Hit The Green Double Your Money, Bet $20 & Win, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive kept the game interesting, while food and beverages were provided at many holes by courteous volunteers and club staff. A cocktail reception featuring gourmet hors d’oeuvres at North Hills welcomed everyone shortly after golf concluded, allowing everyone to relax and catch up with classmates and colleagues.
Jim Kinnier (pictured), who has given so much of his time and energy to this outing now for 30 years, addressed the crowd as the dinner program began. He thanked everyone for their support, but quickly segued to a remembrance of his late friend, Joe Smith. Jim and Joe, along with the late John Gibbons, began working at Molloy in the 1960’s. They all quickly became friends and remained so for over 40 years. They also founded the Stanner Golf Classic together and helped make it the event it is today. Though saddened by Joe’s passing, Jim was upbeat in his remembrance of a man who he said would “give you the shirt off his back if he could.” Jim’s touching remarks were a fitting tribute to a man who loved Molloy, loved his students, and fully supported the Stanner Golf Classic’s mission to support our school’s scholarship program. He and John Gibbons are sorely missed.
More poignant remarks were provided by this year’s Chairman, Joe Papavero ’04. The youngest alum to ever act as Chair, Joe worked extremely hard in this important role. As a leader in his family business, Papavero Funeral Home in Maspeth, Joe engaged many local businesses and fellow alumni to promote the outing. In doing so he shared stories about his alma mater, and why supporting scholarships is so important. “Molloy is like a great family business of education. They care about the whole person. They nurture the academic, social, spiritual, and mental development of everyone that comes through their doors,” he remarked. “I was raised not only to care for every family that walks through the doors of our family business, but I was also raised to be an active, contributing member in our community. My grandfather once said ‘your business is only as strong as the community around it,’ and ‘if you are there for your community, they will be there for you.’ Molloy, to me, shares these same ideals. They help to shape us into contributing members of the community. That is why we are here today. This event helps give many students the opportunity to attend this great institution. The scholarships you are supporting help students in need to become a part of this wonderful community for the rest of their lives.” Thank you, Joe. We couldn’t have said it any better. (Joe Papavero pictured with President Karsten)
As the evening continued, silent and live auctions offered many outstanding prize opportunities. Auction prizes included sports memorabilia and ticket packages, vacation getaways, Broadway shows, and even dinner prepared by President Richard Karsten. The top performers from the morning’s games were also announced and awarded with prizes of their own including custom decanters. The winning raffle tickets were also drawn and are as follows: 1st Prize: Ticket #94761 | 2nd Prize: Ticket #77045 | 3rd Prize: Ticket #64177.
We extend our thanks and congratulations to Alumni Development Officer Matt Rizzotti ’04, Chairman Joe Papavero ’04, Jim Kinnier, and the Stanner Golf Classic Board for their hard work in planning this year’s outing. We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who so positively impacted this year’s event. Your efforts are deeply appreciated.
Today we are excited to announce that the 30th Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic has raised over an estimated $150,000. Your generosity will directly impact the lives of students in need, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of a Stanner education. Their potential as the leaders of tomorrow is limitless, and it is thanks to your kindness that our faculty can nurture that potential. Thank you from all of us at Archbishop Molloy High School. “What will never change is Molloy’s commitment to teaching young people, and building character, thereby allowing them to create a greater sense of themselves, a deeper faith, and a strong sense of family,” President Karsten said in his remarks to the crowd. He continued, “Over the past 30 years, this outing has raised over $2 million in support of scholarships at Molloy. As the economy struggles, so do the families in Queens and the New York City area. Our parents are among those facing hardships. The need for scholarship support will continue to grow and will always be at the heart of our fundraising efforts. With your help, we will continue to meet realities and create possibilities.”
In 1987 a contingent of 25 men representing faculty and alumni gathered at Rock Hill Golf Club in Manorville, Long Island. Jim Kinnier, Joe Smith and John Gibbons, also known as “The Three Amigos,” along with many alumni from the classes of 1978 and 1979 including Charlie McBride, Joe Howard and Jerry Betts led the afternoon with a now famous cooler of beer in their golf cart. Initially just a planned “fun day,” the outing not only provided a good time, but donations were made to Molloy by participants. This encouraged the group to get together again the following year. In 1988 attendance doubled and more money was raised, which made it clear that a successful annual fundraiser was in the making.
Above: The John Gibbons Memorial Trophy.
Above: Br. Pat Hogan, former NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly '59, & Board Member Jerry Schumm '68. Photo taken from the 17th Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic in '03.