In a show of appreciation for the late Brendan J. Dugan ’68, former president of St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, friends of the college donated $375,000 at the first Brendan J. Dugan ’68 Memorial Meadow Brook Club Golf Outing in June.
The event is actually the 20th year golfers have travelled to the Meadow Brook Golf Club in Jericho, L.I. The first event was founded by President Dugan and fellow St. Francis College alumnus Edward Travaglianti ’70 with the simple premise: have fun while raising funds for students to achieve a quality, private college.
Since the first outing, Dugan rose to become president of St. Francis before passing away in December of 2016. Now the outing has been re-named to honor his memory.
“We do this to celebrate Brendan’s life, continue his great work, grow the enduring Franciscan legacy he loved, and advance his personal goal of helping every Terrier that comes through the doors of St. Francis College realize their dreams,” said Travaglianti, president of TD Bank Long Island.
The $375,000 raised with this outing pushes total donations to more than $3 million since the first golf outing.
Peace and Goodness
The Dugan family was also honored at the outing with the Pace Bene Award “For Bringing Peace & Goodness to St. Francis College and Beyond.”
In addition Brendan’s grandson, Brendan C. Dugan, who was not able to attend because it was a school day, sent a video message which offered thoughts about his grandfather and thanks to everyone for attending and contributing to the new Brendan’s Big Dreams Fund.
Resources donated to Brendan’s Fund will be used to execute his plans for the future of the college, including state-of-the-art technology, scholarships and enhanced learning spaces.
During the day, golfers either played 18 holes on the newly restored, world class Meadow Brook course or took a two-hour golf clinic with a PGA professional. The event ended with a cocktail reception, awards and an auction.