“FORE” the Students
by Cate Murway
Tomorrow's leaders are in the classrooms today.
Here is your chance to help change someone's life and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. Find out first hand just how rewarding it can be!
Every September, the Bristol Borough Alumni & Athletic Association, formerly the Bristol Senior Athletic Association, hosts its annual Scholarship Golf Classic at the Spring Mill Country Club, one of the finest courses around, located in Ivyland, PA.
Since its inception a decade ago, this proud and engaged community has worked tirelessly and continues to show their amazing generosity to our local students. The outing is a great way to reconnect with friends. Golfing 18 holes is just a bonus!
Friendships and connections made while volunteering has added valuable dimensions to the members’ lives while they witness the new developments and interact with the younger generations of Bristol Borough students.
Treasurer/Scholarship Golf Classic chairman Ronald Harry "Ron" Sherratt taught BHS business courses before retiring. Ron also coached the track and cross country teams throughout the 1960’s and ‘70’s.
Football/baseball/basketball/track athlete, Dominick “Toby” Oriolo, BHS ’45, the recording secretary/ record keeper, is a founding member and Acting President, Michael Timothy “Mike” Girard taught English courses and coached at BHS.
The scholarships they create and the students’ lives that they help change are a testament to their commitment to this community.
“Athletes of the Year” $1500.00 scholarships are awarded to both one female and one male BHS athlete. The funds they secure oftentimes provide more academic than athletic assistance, giving the Bristol High School classroom teachers an opportunity to make requests for amounts up to $500.00.
Approved Academic Grants have included monies for the “Writers Voice Project” [students took a trip to NYC to meet writers], Elementary Math Nights, classroom technology, Reading Terminal Market Exploration, and the Washington D.C. Senior trip. $20,000 in grant monies was allocated, including softball and baseball teams’ championship and tournament travel.
Due to the cutback in state funding of educational programs, almost $9,000 was designated for math, science, literature, music/art and computer science classroom initiative in the last two years.
The BAAA has donated more than $95,000 to deserving BHS students through the golf outings and raffles for athletic and academic scholarships and school related organizations since its inception in 2004.
The Raffle Drawing takes place the night of the dinner. Tickets are $5.00 each and there are three cash prizes: 1st-$500.00, 2nd-$250.00 and 3rd-$100.00. Raffle tickets will be available in several Mill Street/ Radcliffe Street retail locations or contact the BBBA. Winner need not be present.
Come join them for TEE!
Registration for the Golf Classic is only $160.00 per person and that includes a deluxe buffet luncheon, driving range facilities and eighteen holes of golf on fine fairways and groomed greens with cart, a 4-station, full course buffet dinner, and a non-alcoholic hospitality cart on the course, and a two-hour open bar with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Shower and clubhouse usage is included.
Registration 11:00 AM, Lunch 11:30 AM and Shotgun Start tee time is 1:00 PM. Dinner 7:00 PM.
The BAAA members are actively looking for the next generation of leaders to continue to provide the dedication, determination and sacrifice to fuel excellence into the lives of the future generations. Originally membership was limited to only BHS alumni, but the group is open now and the BAAA welcomes new members to every meeting.
A Legacy of Achievement….A Commitment to the Future.
The late former president, BHS Hall of Fame athlete, Dr. Raymond Benjamin Naylor, BHS ‘57 and the late John Costantini, Jr., founding members of the team who instituted the tournament, will be honored this year at the Scholarship Golf Classic dinner. They will be sorely missed. Their impact has been profound.
Dr. Raymond Naylor unselfishly used his exceptional talents and versatility to naturally hone the promise of current youth, assisting them to become even brighter stars, while sharing his leadership. He felt that historic Bristol on the Delaware is unique. He stated that it was his goal to maintain, as much as possible, that aura of uniqueness and safeguard and protect its heritage.
The Naylor family generously requested that memorial contributions in Ray's name be made to the Bristol Alumni Athletic Association, BAAA Box 31, Bristol, PA 19007.
Dr. Naylor’s wife, Yvonne will be in attendance.
John Costantini was born and raised on Lincoln Avenue. He so loved Bristol; the prime reason he was involved in so many organizations, committees and served as a BB school board member for many years. He was one of the Charter Members of the BAAA who willingly invested his heart and soul.
“My dad was the head of the committee that ran the Golf tournament each year, since the beginning. He was very proud he could contribute to such a good cause. To say the least, he had a great heart.... He was a man of his word. Always. He used to say... ‘In the end, all a person has is his word’. In my humble opinion, there is no one like him. He was well respected and loved.”
Cindy Costantini Ordini
Mr. Costantini’s wife, Jennie, his daughter, Cindy and his son, John III will be participating in the outing and will be providing two flag sponsorships, one in honor of John Costantini and one in the name of Jay Mergaman, M.D.,Tri-County Pain Care, P.C.
The funds are raised chiefly through these incredible golf outings held yearly in September, through their nominal membership dues of $10.00, and from the much appreciated donations of committed and concerned friends.
The BAAA is a 501(c)3. Itemized donation deductions may be of benefit at income tax time.
Company and personal sponsorships are still available, so there is still time to help their mission.
Support as a $500.00 Principal Title Sponsor entitles your company name to be displayed on all literature and signage throughout the golf course and in the dining facilities. The Title Sponsor will also receive front page acknowledgements on the day’s schedule brochure. The BAAA sincerely thanks Team Toyota Langhorne, Drs. M. James Daniels III and Jeffrey M. Keating DDS, and Maro Electronics, Inc. for again stepping up to that challenge.
A Flag sponsorship is $200.00. A sincere thank you again to Carol Zemnick!
Or companies can purchase a sign with their logo and contact information that will be placed on the tee of one of the holes for $100.00.
Donations from local businesses of products, services, or gift certificates are greatly appreciated.
Walk-ins are welcome!
To join in these efforts to help the Bristol youth by becoming a member of the organization, to participate in the golf outing, or to make a donation, contact:
Bristol Alumni & Athletic Association
Bristol, PA 19007
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John Costantini Jr. of Yardley, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 11, 2014,
at Chandler Hall surrounded by his loving family.
He was 80.
Born and raised in Bristol Borough, John was a retired regional manager for Chrysler Credit Corporation. He was a Korean War Veteran and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also involved with the Moose Lodge 1169, the American Legion, the Fifth Ward Italian Mutual Aid, the Sons of Italy, and most recently a charter member of Bristol Alumni & Athletic Association; which he took much pride in organizing the Golf Outing each year. John was a long-time member of The Presbyterian Church of Levittown. He was an avid reader and had a great passion for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and Penn State football.
Although John cherished his association with his hometown of Bristol, he most looked forward to his annual winters playing golf and enjoying life at his winter home in Florida. He was a long-time member of Spring Mill Country Club in Ivyland and Aberdeen Country Club in Boynton Beach. John was a kind and gentle man. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family; especially his granddaughter Gianna who he endearingly called 'Bella' since the day she was born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Giovanni and Assunta (Carmasine); a sister, Marie Grove; and a brother-in-law, Joe Santy. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Jennie (Bono); his daughter, Cindy Ordini and Jay Mergaman of Washington Crossing, and son, John Costantini III of Yardley; and his adoring granddaughter, Gianna. He also is survived by his sisters, Vilma Santy and Diane Piffatt (Andy); and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Galzerano Funeral Home, 430 Radcliffe Street in Bristol. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Church in Bristol. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Deborah Hospital Foundation, 212 Trenton Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015, in memory of John Costantini Jr. Galzerano Funeral Home Bristol