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| ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE TO HOLD ITS 14th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: NEW YORK ISLANDER GREAT, CLARK GILLIES, NAMED 2004 HONOREE
PATCHOGUE AND BROOKLYN, NY April 7, 2004 St. Joseph's College announced today that it will hold its 14th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 14, 2004 at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, New York. The 2004 honoree will be Clark Gillies, former New York Islander great, and c urrent Financial Advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, with offices in Melville and Stuart, Florida. Proceeds from the event support the College's scholarship and financial aid programs.
We are excited to have such a legendary athlete who has meant so much to the history of sports on Long Island join the St. Joseph's College community in support of our mission to provide scholarships to our future students, said Sister Elizabeth Hill, President of St. Joseph's College. In 2003, St. Joseph's spent nearly $5.5 million in scholarships and fellowships for its over 5,000 students, while maintaining the lowest tuition for a private college on Long Island and one of the lowest in the Northeast.
A 14-year veteran of the National Hockey League (NHL), with twelve seasons as a New York Islander and two years as a Buffalo Sabre, the Islanders retired his number 9 jersey on December 7, 1996, which now hangs from the rafters above Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders' first-round draft pick in 1974 (fourth overall), he was Captain of the team from 1976-1978, and became first team All Star Left Wing in 1977-1978.
Inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in November 2002, Gillies helped lead the Islanders to their first Stanley Cup victory in 1980, and was a key member of their four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships from 1980 to 1983. In his twelve years as an Islander, he became the team's fourth-highest all-time scorer, with 304 goals and 359 assists.
In 1999, the Clark Gillies Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was established to benefit and improve the quality of life for physically handicapped children faced with financial challenges . Active in numerous community and charitable affairs, Gillies also recently partnered with Huntington Hospital, a member of the North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System, to build the Clark Gillies Pediatric Unit, where he recently accepted the role of Vice Chairman of the hospital's Campaign for Medical Center Excellence.
Gillies is actively involved with the Center for Developmental Disabilities and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island. He is also a board member of the Townwide Fund of Huntington.
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 7, 1954, Gillies currently resides in Dix Hills, New York with his wife Pam. He has three daughters, Jocelyn, 26, Brooke, 24 and Brianna, 21.
For golf packages or information about sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please contact the College's Office of Institutional Advancement at 631-447-3384.
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