April 19, 2011
Hall of Famer Carnesecca, Staten Island
“Hero” Montanti to Receive Special Recognition
Lou Carnesecca, Hall of Fame basketball coach synonymous with
St. John’s and its successful winning tradition in athletics, and
Elissa Montanti, the head of a nonprofit group called Global
Medical Relief Fund (GMRF) which helps kids disabled by war, will
be honored by the University during Commencement weekend which is
scheduled for May 14-15, 2011.
who has been a part of the University fabric for more than 50
years, is known worldwide for his 526 collegiate wins and a trip to
the 1985 NCAA Final Four. He has served as goodwill ambassador for
the game of amateur basketball and St. John’s University his entire
life. Carnesecca will be honored with the St. Vincent de Paul Medal
at the Queens campus Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 15.
“Lou is St. John’s. We celebrate his 50 years of service to the
University, love for St. John’s and passion for the game globally
which has transformed him into an international icon. He, along
with Elissa Montanti, an angel for young children ravaged by war,
have touched the lives of so many and fit perfectly with our
Vincentian mission and service to the community at home and around
the world,” said Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of St.
Coach Carnesecca was equally thrilled to receive the call from
Rev. Harrington, C.M. and University officials and had a comical
spin on the upcoming proceedings. “It’s a great privilege to be
honored by the University. I hope I’ll be there personally to
receive it,” said Carnesecca tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at his age
(86) and longevity.
has been featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and PEOPLE magazine’s
“Heroes Among Us,” for her work with children – most of whom have
lost limbs in war zones all across the world. These children are
assisted with visas and accommodations at Montanti’s Staten Island
(GMRF) facility sponsored by the Richmond County Savings Foundation
(a local business affiliate). She will be honored with the
President’s Medal at the Staten Island campus Commencement Ceremony
on Saturday, May 14.
“St. John’s was so impressed with Ms. Montanti’s work in Staten
Island and around the world, that we couldn’t think of a more
deserving person to honor and someone who could share her amazing
story with our graduates and their families,” said Jerrold Ross,
Academic Vice President for the Staten Island campus.
Maria Bartiromo (Staten Island) and Mike Repole (Queens) as
previously announced, will give Commencement Addresses to highlight
a weekend that will celebrate degrees received by more than 3,200
graduates at the two campus locations.
Bartiromo, famous for her business acumen as one of the lead
anchors on CNBC, will receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial
Science Degree from St. John’s. Repole, a St. John’s graduate (‘91
SVC), who’s also made his mark in business – as co-founder of
Glaceau’ vitaminwater, will receive an honorary Doctor of
Commercial Science Degree from the University.
Media interested in speaking with Coach Carnesecca or Ms.
Montanti can contact Dominic Scianna, Assistant Vice President for
Media Relations at St. John’s University at 718-990-6185 or e-mail
inquiries to email@example.com.