2011-03-11 / Sports

Basketball Legend McGuire Honored

Former Rockaway Star Remembered At Luncheon

Two beloved New York and Madison Square Garden sports legends, former Knicks and St. John’s star and basketball Hall of Famer Dick McGuire and ex-Rangers and NHL publicist, hockey historian, author and Fordham alumnus John Halligan, will be remembered at the second annual Halligan-McGuire Irish American Good Guy Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 22, at Gallagher’s Steak House in New York City.

This year’s honorees at the benefit for the John Halligan Memorial Scholarship at Fordham University include: William J. Burke, Managing Director- Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, and distinguished Fordham alumnus, Mike Keenan, the Head Coach of the New York Rangers fabled 1994 Stanley Cup champions who is now an analyst for MSG Network, venerable Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times sports columnist Dave Anderson, and longtime National Basketball Association public relations executive Brian McIntyre.

Tickets are priced at $83.50, and include a three course luncheon menu and a donation.

The luncheon gets un-derway at 12:00 noon. For information and tickets call Cirillo World at 212-972-5337 or email johnnycigarpr@aol.com.

Gallagher’s Steak House is located at 228 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) in New York City (212-245-5336).

Net proceeds will go to the Halligan Scholarship, which will be awarded to a worthy undergraduate student at Fordham.

Born in the Bronx, a product of the Rockaways and a long time Dix Hills, Long Island resident, McGuire was a part of the Knicks organization for 53 seasons as a player, coach and scout. The St. John’s University star was one of the most selfless players in NBA history.

The deft-passing McGuire was a fivetime all-star and led the Knicks to three straight NBA Finals in the fifties. His number 15 was retired to the Madison Square Garden rafters in 1992, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame the following year.

Last year’s inaugural honorees were Teri McGuire, Dick’s loving wife of 54 years; John Flaherty, former Yankee and YES Network analyst; Janet Halligan, John’s loving wife of 41 years; and Dave Maloney, the MSG Network- 1050 ESPN Radio analyst and former Ranger.

The John Halligan Memorial Scholarship was established at Fordham in lasting memory of the revered Rangers and NHL public relations executive who graduated from Fordham in 1963. Halligan passed away in January, 2010.

“Friends of John Halligan” will raise the funds annually for the scholarship which will be awarded each year to provide financial assistance to a junior or senior undergraduate enrolled at Fordham majoring in communication/media studies at Rose Hill in the Bronx. A committee has been established to select the recipient.

Gallagher’s will serve such traditional Irish classics as “Halligan” Corned Beef and Cabbage; “McGuire” Irish Lamb Stew; “Keenan” Beef Tenderloin and Asparagus Salad with Irish Pan Roasted Potatoes, Smoked Bacon and Mustard Vinaigrette; and “Anderson” Grilled Salmon Filet with Sautéed Baby Spinach and Roasted Potatoes.

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