Stony Brook Alumni Association Golf Classic Raises Over $55,000

Proceeds from the Event Fund Student Scholarships


Golf Classic 2014A sold out event, a gorgeous day on Long Island’s North Shore and—most importantly—a record $55,000 raised for student scholarships.

By all accounts, the Stony Brook Alumni Association 2014 Scholarship Golf Classic was indeed a Hole in One!

“It truly was a superb event,” Stony Brook Alumni Relations Executive Director Matt Colson said. “The sun was out, the golf was great and we exceeded our goal of raising $50,000 for student scholarships.”

Colson and some 140 other golfers—including alumni, staffers and friends of the University—hit the links Monday, June 23, 2014, for 18 holes of golf at Indian Hills Country Club in Northport. The 13th annual Golf Classic raised at least $50,000—more than any previous golf event hosted by the Alumni Association. The event has now raised more than $300,000 for scholarships since its inception.

“This was fantastic. It couldn’t be a better day. The course was great,” alum golfer Dr. Anthony Casino, ‘78, associate professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, said after 18 holes of golf in the sun.

“But you have to understand that when you’re at an event like this, it’s really not all about the golf,” added Casino, who serves on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and is on the golf classic planning committee. “It’s all about the camaraderie and giving back and raising money.”

Ernie Canadeo ’77, treasurer of the Alumni Association board, noted that the success of the annual golf event is what the slogan “Seawolves for Life” is all about.

“We participate in this event to help students—and to make sure current students remain engaged with the school through the Alumni Association after they graduate,” said Canadeo, a psychology grad who runs an advertising agency on Long Island.

In the evening, the golfers gathered for a dinner, during which four scholarship recipients were recognized.

“A huge part of coming here is being able to say thank you to the donors who have graciously contributed to Stony Brook,” said James Leonard, a Stony Brook senior and the recipient of the Outstanding Future Alumni Award. “Scholarships and gifts through the Alumni Association has freed me up to enjoy the full college experience, including participation in community service projects.

“The individuals in this room are exactly the people you want to say ‘Thank you’ to. They are the ones who are making so many different possibilities at Stony Brook a reality,” James added.

The night’s festivities provided an ideal opportunity for scholarship recipients to connect and interact with alumni, said Dr. Maria Ryan, ’89 and ’98, Chair of Stony Brook’s Department of Oral Biology and Pathology and past president of the Alumni Association board. She attended the dinner at the club after golfing during the day.

“The students—in seeing and meeting with our alums—get to see what the fruits of their labor will be and how proud they will be to be future alumni,” Ryan said.

Anna Lubitz ’14, a new graduate who studied biology on a pre-dental track with a minor in music vocal performance, was among the scholarship recipients introduced at the event. She said she plans on taking the generosity she’s benefitted from via the Alumni Association and “paying it forward.”

“I want to contribute back to the community that’s given so much to me,” Anna said. “I want to help other students, whether it be through scholarship fundraising or mentoring.”

Carol Gomes, President of the Stony Brook Alumni Association, said Alumni Association events such as the golf classic demonstrate how committed the alums are to creating better opportunities for current students.

“This event builds connections and bridges with our students,” said Gomes, ’90, ‘97. “It establishes a partnership and makes it clear that that we want to invest in our students."

-Written by Brian Harmon

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