The home team really turned out to celebrate and support Hartwick athletes at this fall’s 17th annual Benefit Auction.
Trustees, community leaders, coaches, faculty, and staff eagerly raised their auction paddles for this good cause. Bidding wars ensued for fine wines, VIP access to professional sports venues, special events, and unique items generously donated by alumni, parents, local businesses, and friends of Hartwick.
Athletics Director John Czarnecki got the party started, President Margaret L. Drugovich P’12 thanked everyone for their support, and lacrosse athletes Rachel Hedden ’21 and Tim Watson ’21 ably assisted auctioneer Don Turnbull of Morris Auction Gallery.
In 17 years, the Benefit Auction has raised well over a quarter million dollars for ’Wick Athletics.
Save the date now for next fall’s big event: October 22, 2020.
Nearly 33% of Hartwick students are varsity athletes, but only a select few are honored for writing the history books of their respective programs.
Water polo goalkeeper Jess Dorman ’11 closed her college career with multiple honors from the College Water Polo Association (CWPA), including 2008 Rookie of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American. Basketball team MVP and two-time Hartwick Female Athlete of the Year Maria Foglia ’14 graduated holding records for career free throws made (476) and free throws made in a season (155). The late Jim Konstanty, a professional baseball pitcher for 11 seasons and the National League’s MVP in 1950, served as AD from 1967-1972 and recruited some of Hartwick’s most successful coaches. Hermann Trophy finalist Art Napolitano ’78 led men’s soccer to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the DI national title, and went fourth overall in the 1978 North American Soccer League draft. All-American and Josten’s Trophy finalist Jared Suderley ’14 is the only men’s basketball player to amass 2,000 points and 900 rebounds at Hartwick.
Why do Hartwick alumni and friends come back year in, year out, to golf? Is it the temptation of enjoying a beautiful fall morning on the links in upstate New York? The prospect of seeing classmates, teammates, and old friends? Or the irresistible chance to share some laughs and memories with host Nick Lambros ’59, P ’02, P’02?
The 60 alumni and friends who attended the 28th Annual Hartwick Athletics Golf Classic at Oneonta Country Club didn’t have to choose this True Blue Weekend. They got all that and more.
President Margaret L. Drugovich P’12 mingled with golfers as they streamed in, registered, and downed coffee to steel themselves for a long day on the course. She thanked the assembly, reminded everyone of the day’s goal to support Hartwick Athletics, and presented their host. In his inimitable style, Lambros let everyone know they were “playing for second place” — his idea of a pep talk before the 15 foursomes fanned out to their respective starting holes.
Along with raffles and putting contests, the day was filled with laughs and lost balls, photos and reminiscing. Coaches and players from all ’Wick athletics programs were on hand to assist and root for the participants. After the round, Lambros presided over the renowned “19th hole.”
In the end, Lambros couldn’t live up to his prophecy: the Hampton Inn-sponsored group of Levi Decker ’17, Ian Frankel, Garett Rockefeller, and Alex Scorzafava won their flight and were crowned overall winner. Head Athletic Trainer Heidi Hofbauer-Buzzy earned Longest Drive of the Day, while Gary Jacobsen had the keenest eye and steadiest hand, winning the putting contest.
“For me this event is all about bringing back the alumni, having a good time, and making money for Hartwick Athletics,” says Lambros, who has participated in the Golf Classic since its inaugural effort. “I love this College.”
’Wick Women Win!
After outstanding seasons, both field hockey and women’s soccer advanced to the Empire 8 playoffs. Women’s soccer shared the Empire 8 Championship and entered the conference tournament as # 2 seed. Field hockey earned # 3 seed in its playoffs and won the semi-final competition at home. Congratulations!