Don Monti Golf Classic

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Golfball Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25 at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s –Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. He has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.

He joined the Nassau County Police Department in 1969, and after three years as a patrolman, he found his calling. He spent the next 17 years overseeing the Manhasset Police Boys Club (PBC), responsible for coordinating all of the youth services and sports in the community. It was in this role that he would come to know and coach many of the young men who would go on to become St. Mary’s High School students and now alumni.

He also spent seven years coaching basketball at St. Mary’s High School, winning five league championships on three different levels. His basketball skills were honed at St. Francis College where he played for three years on a Division I Baseball/Basketball scholarship. He was a mainstay on the 1966 Knickerbocker Conference Championship team.

An avid lacrosse fan, Raleigh coached lacrosse at Manhasset High School for seven years and started the Floral Park youth lacrosse program. He has resided in Floral Park for 37 years, where he was actively involved in CYO.

Raleigh is married to his elementary school sweetheart, Marilyn. The Raleigh’s have five children, Tom Jr., Brian, Katie, Kevin, and Kristie Erin, and 12 precious grandchildren.

The event is open to anyone who would like to attend in honor of Raleigh and be part of the day long festivities. All of the money raised directly benefits current St. Mary’s students.

To learn more about the event or to register online, visit www.stmary.ws/highschool or contact Kristin Lynch Graham, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at 516.627.2711 ext. 1162.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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