On Monday, June 17, Cabrini University hosted its 30th annual Cabrini Classic, presented by USLI. Nearly 130 golfers graced the greens at Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, PA, for a fun day of golf, followed by a reception featuring a silent auction and testimonies from several important members of the Cabrini community.
Thanks to the support of many sponsors, donors, golfers, auction participants, and attendees, the event surpassed the fundraising goal of $150,000 in support of students and the unique Cabrini educational experience.
Thomas P. Nerney (’77, HON’15), chairman, president, and CEO of USLI, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and a generous Cabrini supporter, was presented with the Cabrini Classic Legacy Award to commemorate his commitment to the success of this event since its inception three decades ago.
“Cabrini’s mission to provide an Education of the Heart is really a mission to provide a transformative experience,” said Cabrini President Donald B. Taylor, PhD. “We challenge our students to achieve academic excellence, but the Cabrini experience is about more. It’s about being a part of a supportive community, one that feels like family. It’s about opportunity for all. It’s about empowering students to become leaders who effect change. That is why your participation in this event is so important.”
“Being a collegiate student athlete is something I will always consider to be my biggest accomplishment,” said alumna Theresa Mignogna ('19), who will be teaching sixth-grade science and coaching soccer in the upcoming school year. “We are only successful because everyone is working with and for each other. With a program that turned into my family, and teammates that turned into my sisters, I can say that Cabrini University women’s soccer has changed my life indefinitely.”
In an emotional speech, National Champion Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Steve Colfer highlighted his keys to success and touched on how the team’s winning attitude is applied at the institution.
“Thank you, everyone, for the humbling support,” said Colfer. “The last couple of weeks have been amazing. The best part about it is not the win, it’s the relationships, it’s the people that have come into our lives. It is for them, and it is because of them that we were able to do that. Every guy that came through that program owns a little piece of that championship trophy—every administrator, every faculty member, every staff person. Because I wouldn’t have stayed in this community without them. I would have moved on. I would have found another college or university to call home. And that never happened, and thank God it never happened. It didn’t happen because of the people in this room, the people that I love to come to work with every day. I love being part of the community, and I love being part of a group that says, ‘We can.’
“We talk about being 1-0, and that took on a life of its own this year, it became something that we kind of live by. 1-0 was never really about 1-0. It wasn’t about just winning that week, it was about the process, it was about the steps that you take along the way to get to be 1-0. Don’t skip Monday assuming we were going to be better on Tuesday, don’t shortchange Wednesday to have a better Thursday.
“That’s so important in relation to our University. As we continue to grow, as we continue to find different challenges, whether it be through fundraising or enrollment or the competition in the marketplace, it’s about doing the things that you know are right, putting the right people in the boat, and working hard to a goal. You have to have a belief in something bigger than oneself, and that’s been the beauty of this University in my tenure here, and the people that I have gotten to know and spend time with, is that they’ve always shared that belief.
“The challenge that we all take when we leave this room is to continue to spread the message of Cabrini University, the outstanding people that have come through the campus over the years, the students that we have now, the future students. The people out in the world may know a little bit more about Cabrini now through our team or our story—get them in the boat and get them going the right direction. If we do that, then whatever the next challenge we set up, it’s absolutely doable and possible because we believe it can be. Our job leaving here is to continue to stay in the boat, to work toward that 1-0 goal, to continue to believe that we can do something.”
For more photos from the event, please visit the Cabrini Alumni Flickr album.
Cabrini University thanks all those who made the attainment of our fundraising goal possible, including our generous event sponsors.
Cabrini University Board of Trustees and President Donald B. Taylor, PhD
Irwin & Leighton Inc.
Servpro of Eastern Main Line
The Haverford Trust Company
KCB Print Resources
Archbishop John Carroll High School
Craft Mechanical Services
Follett Higher Education Group
Harold’s Used Auto Parts Inc. and Third Auto Sales Inc.
The Vaughn Collaborative
Aegis Property Group
The Jara Family
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Entech Engineering Inc.
Stephen (’88) and Jayne Highsmith
Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
NJM Insurance Group
R. Titter Roofing LLC