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. Follow the Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic on Facebook
UPDATED: Thank you to the over 300 golfers who took part in our 32nd Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic on May 7th. Your presence and generosity is deeply appreciated by everyone at Archbishop Molloy High School. We were blessed by perfect weather and the company of wonderful friends, which combined to create an incredible day we will never forget.
We also extend our deepest thanks all of our staff and volunteers, as well as thanks and congratulations to our 2018 Chairman Robert Rossi ’81, and to event coordinator Matt Rizzotti '04.
Please take a moment to download our 2018 Golf Journal! Many of the pages within feature ads donated by Stanner-friendly businesses from around the tri-state area. Please take a moment to browse the journal (in PDF format) to learn more about the Stanner Golf Classic and about the many businesses and individuals that have proudly supported this year’s event.
If you have any questions, please contact 718.441.9210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information and results of the outing will be shared soon. Thanks again and we'll see you next year!
Over 330 Golfers Fill 3 Courses, Raise over $170,000 in Support of Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic
The Stanner Alumni Center is excited to announce that over $170,000 was raised in support of this year’s 32nd Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic! Over 330 golfers participated in the event on May 7th, while many alumni, Stanner families, and Molloy-friendly businesses donated sponsorships and journal ads. This year also marked one of our most successful raffles to date. We are truly humbled by the generosity of our community. Proceeds from this event strengthen the scholarship program at Molloy, which in turn directly benefits future students in need.
This year’s Stanner Golf Classic was a success on other fronts as well. 2018 marked the first year the event expanded from two to three golf courses. This was no easy task, and required more planning, resources, and volunteers than previous years. The addition of North Hempstead Country Club was executed flawlessly, and it helped us achieve our goal of improving the quality of play across all courses. Congratulations are due to event organizer Matt Rizzotti ’04, Chairman Rob Rossi ’81, and our Golf Board for pulling off this impressive feat. We also saw success at the end of the evening, as all of our auction prizes went to their highest bidders. This includes Dinner by President, which will see President Richard Karsten ’81 prepare a five-star meal for the winning bidder (Gino Fazio ’81 & Family) later this summer. (Pictured: President Karsten ’81, Chairman Rob Rossi ’81, and Matt Rizzotti ’04)
We hope that you will SAVE THE DATE for next year’s Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic on Monday, May 6th, 2019. In the meantime, please take a few moments to view our photo galleries from this year’s event. Click the button for each course below. Dinner photos are included in the North Hills gallery. Photos are courtesy of Joe Sommo ’03 (North Hills), Frank Bailey ’75 & Delmar Studios (Plandome, North Hills), and Katie Giustiniani ’12 (North Hempstead).
In the spring of 1987, 25 men representing the faculty and alumni of Archbishop Molloy High School gathered at Rock Hill Golf Club in Manorville. Jim Kinnier, Joe Smith and John Gibbons, also known as “The Three Amigos,” joined alumni from the classes of 1978 and 1979, including Charlie McBride, Joe Howard and Jerry Betts, and set out with a now famous cooler of beer in their golf cart. Initially just a casual outing, the group later realized that this type of event would have been the perfect opportunity to bring more alumni together to support Molloy and its students. They gathered again in 1988 and saw attendance double and money raised. It was clear that a successful annual fundraiser had been born.
Jim Kinnier, the Alumni Director at the time, organized a committee of alumni, faculty and friends to recruit corporate sponsors and recruit golfers to get the outing off the ground. Jim handled the particulars, John Gibbons forged a classy journal to recognize sponsors, and Joe Smith took on the raffle and auctions. An annual chairperson was established to serve as the “MC” for the event, while an honorary chairperson would recognize a loyal member of the Stanner community. Some of the most influential honorary chairs over the years include former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly ’59 and New York Post sports columnist Peter Vecsey ’61. Today the committee, known as the Golf Board, comprises of alumni, faculty, and parents. Together they work diligently to recruit new golfers and corporate sponsors and to ensure that each aspect of the outing meets a standard that reflects Molloy’s deepest traditions.
In 2008, Tom Bradley ’74 established the John Gibbons Alumni Golf Trophy in honor of the late teacher and outing co-founder. The trophy would be awarded to the foursome from each course (which must include at least one alumnus) with the lowest score. The Stanner Golf Classic has grown each and every year, with new and familiar faces alike making an impact.
Thanks to the efforts of the golf board, particularly Jerry Schumm ‘68, Gino ‘81 and John Fazio ‘87, Bill Rose ‘96 (Honorary), Lou Milo ‘76, and the late Joe Gordon ‘64, corporate sponsorship has been a big part of making the day a success. Today the Stanner Golf Classic annually hosts over 250 golfers between two private courses on Long Island.
The generosity of our community has helped Molloy raise over $2 million in scholarship support since “The Three Amigos” first established this important tradition.
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. We would like to share with you a video that was presented during our golf dinner program on May 2nd, 2016. The video features Liam, Sarah, Emily, Jake, and Jillian. These five students represent just some of our scholarship recipients, as well as the many stories that move us every single day. Please take a moment to hear their stories. Thank you again for your support of Archbishop Molloy High School. Click below to view.