October 06, 2010
John’s head men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin and BTIG Brokerage
Co-Founder Steven Starker presented a $20,000 gift to the St.
John’s Bread and Life Soup Kitchen on Tuesday in the
Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Lavin and his wife, actress
Mary Jarou, pledged an additional $25,000 over the next five years
that will benefit the soup kitchen, which serves thousands daily in
the same neighborhood where St. John’s University was originally
founded in 1870.
“What’s clear is the collaborative spirit of so many, working to
champion a great cause here at St. John’s Bread and Life,“ said
Lavin, who joined Jarou, Starker, Bread and Life Executive Director
Anthony Butler, St. John’s Director of Athletics Chris Monasch, and
Brooklyn-born Red Storm senior forward Rob Thomas at the gift
presentation. “One of the many aspects that attracted Mary and I to
St. John’s is the commitment to the University’s mission of
service, and the curriculum really being taught on the front lines
to our students in terms of serving others.”
Lavin joined sports and screen stars in teaming up with BTIG
during its eighth “Commissions for Charity” Trading Day on
Thursday, May 6, at BTIG’s midtown offices. BTIG, an institutional
broker dealer specializing in trading and related brokerage
services, donated trading commission profits earned that day to
children’s charities. On May 6, 200 million shares were traded and
BTIG contributed more than $4 million to some 130 charities.
On Tuesday, St. John’s Bread and Life received $10,000 from
BTIG, and a matching donation from St. John’s new head men’s
basketball coach and his wife. In addition, Lavin and Jarou are
pledging to contribute $5,000 to Bread and Life each year during
Lavin’s tenure at St. John’s. In summary, the Lavins made a $35,000
commitment to Bread and Life on Tuesday, covering Coach Lavin’s
first six seasons with the Red Storm.
“On behalf of BTIG, we would like to thank Coach Lavin, and we look
forward to partnering with him and St. John’s Bread and Life in the
future,” said Starker. ”Our Commissions for Charity Day increases
in popularity each year with more celebrities in attendance and
more of our clients significantly increasing their trading volumes
to support our chosen charities. We look forward to exciting things
in the future.”
Back in May, Lavin joined screen stars Michael J. Fox, Matt
Dillon and the cast of The Sopranos, as well as sports celebrities
Joe Girardi, Reggie Jackson and Nick Swisher of the New York
Yankees, Johan Santana of the New York Mets, Tom Coughlin and
Justin Tuck of the New York Giants, Sean Avery of the New York
Rangers, former New York Knick Alan Houston, tennis legend John
McEnroe, NBC 4’s Bruce Beck and others as part of the Commissions
for Charity day.
The Red Storm men’s basketball team has been serving meals to
thousands at St. John’s Bread and Life for 13-straight seasons
around the Thanksgiving holiday. This year a Christmastime visit is
planned, as the team will be traveling for the 2010 Carrs/Safeway
Great Alaska Shootout from Nov. 22-27.
“St. John’s Bread and Life relies on the support of St. John’s
University,” said Butler. “This is another example of how St.
John’s takes that Vincentian spirit – that spirit of giving, that
spirit of enabling people to take care of their own lives – and
manifests it in the real world.”
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About St. John's Bread and
St. John's Bread and Life has been serving the New York City
community since 1982. The facility serves 1,800 meals daily, and
its Sponsor a Family program at Christmastime will provide food,
clothing and toys to more than 2,000 families and approximately
9,000 individuals. For more information or to make a contribution,
please visit www.breadandlife.org.