I only knew one person who died on 9/11: Holy Cross alum John Farrell, who graduated in '91 and is remembered by all as a fun-loving, generous, charismatic guy (as well as the master of the garbage put-back layup in pickup hoops). John was blessed with a terrific group of college friends (the Carlin guys), who rallied after his death to make sure nobody would ever forget him. Back in 2002, they started a "Day For Farrell" to raise money for a scholarship in John's name at the Nativity Mission Center in Manhattan (which was fully endowed within two years), then Brooklyn Jesuit Prep (where $75,000 has been raised over the past three years). Now it's become an annual tradition: His friends and family gather in New York to celebrate his life and raise money for John's scholarship fund, which allows underprivileged kids to attend a quality private school.
The fifth annual "Day For Farrell" will be held this Saturday (Jan. 27) in Manhattan, kicking off with a memorial mass in the Xavier High School Chapel (12:30 p.m.) and followed by a reception at MJ Armstrong's (19th Street and 1st Avenue) at 2 p.m. that will feature a Final Four raffle and dozens of collectibles, tickets and charity items. There's also a 100-percent chance that A.) there will be beer, and B.) there will be beer. If you're a Holy Cross grad (or anyone else) in the area and you're interested in attending, just show up at one of those locations and follow the herd from there. And if you're interested in giving to Brooklyn Jesuit Prep in John's name, please click here for details. Thanks for reading.