Dedication of St. Joseph's Boathouse, First New One on the Schuylkill in 98 Years, Set for June 15.
DATE: Saturday, June 15 TIME: 12 Noon PLACE: 2200 John B. Kelly Drive (1000-meter mark, south of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge) Principals in the program: Rev. David A. Sauter, S.J., President, St. Joseph's Prep School Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J., President, St. Joseph's University Hon. Michael A. Nutter, SJP `75, Philadelphia District 4 Councilman William Mifflin, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Commission Henry A. Backe, SJP `48, who pioneered the movement for building a St. Joseph's boathouse Andrew W. Hill, SJP `69, member of SJP Board of Trustees, who spearheaded the fund-raising campaign for the project Daniel Cullen, representative of Nason & Cullen, Inc., builder James P. Murray, SJP `59, SJP Director of Athletics Dominic DiJuilia, Asst. V.P. & Director of Athletics, St. Joseph's University John C. Bannan, SJP `69, SJU `73, St. Joseph's University Rowing Coach Kit Vallhonrat, St. Joseph's Prep Rowing Coach Eustace Wolfington, Trustee, St. Joseph's University Mrs. Martie (Robert) Gillin, mother of Robert M. Gillin, for whom the boathouse is named. Representatives of the Schuylkill Navy and past rowing champions of St. Joseph's Prep, including the members of V8 crew that won the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup on the 2000 Royal Henley Regatta.
A large turnout is expected of the more than 950 SJP families who pledged more than $2 million in support of the project.
The St. Joseph's Boathouse is a two-story structure with an attractive stone facade. The 8,860-sq.-ft. first floor has four bays, a 270-sq.-ft. veranda with a beautiful view of the river. The 6,680-sq.-ft. second floor has two common areas for meetings and out-of-water instruction. It also features large windows, an elevator, bathroom facilities and a 750-sq.-ft. deck.
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Contact: Daniel A. Brennan, SJP Vice President for Development, +1-215-978-1960