It is a longstanding fall tradition at Gibbons: Just before noon on a Monday parents, alumni, and friends of the school head out for a day at the links. They are there to enjoy time together playing golf and supporting the school.
“We love bringing together our families for such a fun event in a beautiful atmosphere that helps The Cardinal Gibbons Fund achieve its mission.” Michelle Pfeiffer & Colleen Lucas.
This year, the tradition known as the Crusader Classic Golf Tournament, took place on September 30 at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary. It attracted 119 golfers as well as 24 sponsors. Proceeds from the tournament benefit athletics programs through The Cardinal Gibbons Fund, by supporting new and expanding student opportunities on campus.
Gibbons parents Michelle Pfeiffer and Colleen Lucas co-chaired the tournament. It is a joint effort between the Cardinal Gibbons Family Association, which organized the event, and the Advancement Department, which secured sponsorships.
Of the annual event the parents said, “We love bringing together our families for such a fun event in a beautiful atmosphere that helps The Cardinal Gibbons Fund achieve its mission.”
Both Principal Nancy A. Barkan and Athletic Director Todd Schuler thanked the sponsors and families for their support. “With your support we continue to grow and improve our programs,” Schuler said, pointing to as one example athletic retreats.
The tournament also highlights the family spirit that is the heart of the Gibbons community. Evidence of that is the more than 50 volunteers who were on hand to help at the event. There were parents who greeted attendees, members of Gibbons Men's and Women’s Golf teams who helped carry players’ bags and clubs, and Gibbons educators who engaged with golfers.
The golfers, whether they were new to the tournament or veteran participants, said it was an enjoyable day on and off the greens. This year was the first time Gibbons parent Tony Lampuri played in the tournament. He is the father of Christian ’22.
Why did he decide to play this year? “A, I love golf and B, I want to support the school,” he said, noting that “getting to know more of the parents and interacting with them on a beautiful day,” is a bonus.
Gibbons parent Rich Rozansky agreed. Rozansky, the parent of Steven’20, Danielle ’15, and Timothy ’13, has participated in the tournament each of the last eight years.
“Obviously,” he said, “I enjoy contributing to the school, giving back, seeing the other parents, and enjoying the day.”