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Golfing for Gibbons

It is an annual fall tradition, and this year was no exception. Even during this challenging time, Cardinal Gibbons hosted its Crusader Classic Golf Tournament, albeit with a modified format, and the school community rallied to support the event - now in its 19th year.

Held on October 5 under a bright blue Carolina sky, the tournament featured staggered tee times to meet all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. With a full roster of 120 golfers taking to the links and our 46 sponsors, more than doubled the number that participated last year, lending their support, the tournament was a huge success. It netted $60,000, more than double the amount raised last year.

Proceeds from the event go to The Cardinal Gibbons Fund, the cornerstone of our school’s annual fundraising efforts. The tournament is a joint effort between the Advancement team and the Cardinal Gibbons Family Association.

“We are very grateful to all of our sponsors and participants who supported this worthwhile event and especially excited to welcome Cary Orthopaedics – Brian T. Szura, M.D. as our presenting sponsor.” said Dean Monroe, Director of Major Gifts and Athletic Legacy. “Their generosity will help fuel programs for student development around the mission of our school.”

The tournament, held at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, also highlights the family spirit at the heart of the Gibbons community. More than 30 volunteers were on hand to help at the event – from assisting with registration to greeting golfers.

Golfers, whether they were new to the tournament or veteran participants, described the tournament as a “win-win event.” This year was the first time Gibbons Grandparent Joe Costanzo participated in the tournament. He traveled from Fayetteville to play on a team sponsored by his son-in-law Michael Grafinger, the father of Joseph Grafinger ’23 and Gibbons Alumnus Michael Grafinger ’20.

“What better way to contribute to and support Gibbons than through golf,” Joe Costanzo said.

Agreeing with that assessment is fellow first-time participant, Gibbons Parent Brad Stevens. His son Ryan is a freshman.

“As Gibbons parents, my wife, Jen, and I want to support the school as much as we can, and doing so while playing golf is a plus,” said Stevens, an avid golfer. He added that he thinks “it’s great” that the school ‘safely’ continued this fall tradition.

Of the annual event Director of Parent Engagement, Gina Jiampetti said, “The weather could not have been more perfect for the annual Crusader Classic, which was a huge success. We can’t wait to see you all there next year for our 20th Annual Crusader Classic.”

If you are interested in being a sponsor at next year’s tournament, please contact Dean Monroe at

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