August 07, 2008
About 40 alumni and friends gathered under a Festival Tent for
the annual Albany Alumni Chapter sponsored Saratoga Day at the
Races in Saratoga Springs, NY. The 350-acre Saratoga Race Course
made for a splendid backdrop as the group enjoyed meeting one
another and viewing the races.
The excitement was heightened even more during the St. John's
University's sponsored second race. A raffle was held and alumni
winners included Vincent Petraro, ’77C, ’80L who won a set of St.
John's University coasters, Dineen Permahos ’87C who won a padfolio
and pen/keychain set and Judith Francomano ’60Ed, the winner of the
grand prize, a St. John's inscribed iPod shuffle.
Elizabeth McGowan ’52UC expressed her delight with the event and
said she very much appreciates being an alumna. “My four years at
St. John's gave me so much value,” she said. “I became a teacher
and was able to raise nine children as a young widow.” John Neary
’61CBA serves as the Albany Chapter Coordinator and said the day
was a great one and that he hopes such events encourage other
alumni to become involved with the chapter. “The event was very
good, “he said. “Everyone I spoke to shared that they had a great
time. It was an opportunity for alumni both from the local area,
and from downstate, to meet one another and share St. John's