A festive evening to honor accomplished individuals from Greater New Haven and presented by Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC, Elm City Legends celebrates its 6th year in 2013. The distinguished class of 2013 winners will be honored, and guests will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with an ocean view, live and silent auction action, and our very special Fund the Mission initiative.
Congratulations to our Class of 2013 Elm City Legends:
Ernest Borgnine (posthumously – to be accepted by Brent Borgnine)
A Hamden native, Borgnine was recognized by his peers as one of the best actors ever in Hollywood. His legendary Oscar-winning performance in “Marty” received national and international accolades, and his role as Sgt. “Fatso” Judson in the renowned film, “From Here to Eternity,” drew much praise. He is also known for his role in the popular television series “McHale’s Navy.” Over the years, he has been honored by Cannes Film Festival, New York Critics, and the National Board of Review. Acting was his greatest passion, and his favorite role was alongside Bette Davis in “A Candid Affair.” Borgnine was also a spokesperson for children with polio.
A hockey sensation at Hamden High School, Jimmy led the Green Dragons to their 17th and 18th state hockey titles, the most of any school in the state. A leading scorer and captain throughout his four year career, he once scored two goals in five seconds and four goals in one game while playing on the penalty killing unit. He has received numerous All-District and All-State honors. Hockey buffs in Hamden compare Jimmy to the legendary Hamden hockey star Bob McVey, who starred on the 1960 U.S. Olympic team that won the Gold Medal in Squaw Valley.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Congresswoman Delauro is serving her 12th term in Congress, the longest of any U.S. Representative of the 3rd Congressional District. She is a longtime friend of the March of Dimes as a supporter of maternal/child health and bioscience research. She serves on numerous committees such as the Labor, Health and Human Services, the Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and the committee responsible for the FDA and Agriculture.
A 15 year all star in the West Haven Twilight League, Ed holds numerous batting records still never broken. All-time leading hitter and pitcher at Notre Dame High School and the all-time leading hitter at Providence College, where he had a 400 lifetime batting average, Ed was scouted by the Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees, and Milwaukee Braves. He still holds the record for the longest home run ever at Yale Field-520’.
Anthony Mentone (posthumously)
Mentone was the founder of the Greater New Haven Diamond Club (now the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club), serving as President. He was involved for over 40 years in baseball as a coach and served as President of the Greater New Haven Umpires Association. He was also a member of the Democratic Town Committee and the Legislative Council, as well as numerous civic associations. Before his passing, he also served as Deputy Sheriff and Public Works Director for the Town of Hamden.
Mentone took over as Executive Director of the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club when her husband, Tony Mentone passed away. A distinguished educator, she was a language teacher and an assistant principal. She was awarded numerous educator’s awards and distinctions. She served as Democratic Town Chairman in Hamden (the only woman to ever hold that position), on the Hamden Board of Education, as Secretary of the Town Committee, and currently serves as Democratic Registrar of Voters.
Virgulto served for 23 years as a baseball coach in Hamden. He coached his teams to over 200 victories, the most of any Hamden coach ever. He won multiple District League championships and was named “Coach of the Year.” He has received a “Gold Bat” from the West Haven Twilight League and was inducted into the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club’s “Hall of Fame.” He also coached football and basketball at Hamden Hall Country Day School. By profession, he taught for over 30 years at Hamden High School.
Jona Wilson, RN
Wilson has been a nurse for 25 years, serving the past 10 years in the neonatal intensive care unit (NNICU) at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, where she is also the Chairperson for their Service Excellence Committee. Her genuine compassion for others makes her a “pillar of strength” to families who have a baby in the NNICU. She goes above & beyond in her level of care, and is seen by her peers as “a super person.”
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