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Stepinac to Honor Joe Riverso & 7 others at Grid Iron Dinner Tonight

Posted Thursday, September 11, 2008 by Lohud.com

Stepinac to honor Riverso, seven others


By Kevin Devaney Jr.
The Journal News • September 11, 2008


Riverso was a White Plains native and a varsity assistant coach at Stepinac who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Members of the Riverso family will be at the dinner, which is being held in Joseph's honor.


"Joe was a special person who loved Stepinac," Crusaders coach Mike O'Donnell said. "He was a friend to every football player who ever played at Stepinac."

The third annual Grid Iron Club dinner will be held at the Knights of Columbus in White Plains at 6:30.

Stepinac will also host the seventh annual Joe Riverso Night Game on Saturday against rival Iona Prep at 7. At halftime, the White Plains Bernies Junior Football League will play an exhibition called the Joe Riverso Bernie Bowl.

Riverso was a captain and was named all-league at Stepinac 1985. His No. 70 jersey was retired soon after his death. He coached at Stepinac for 16 years.

The Riverso family runs a foundation that raises money for lights for tomorrow night's game, and also hands out scholarships in Joseph's name each year. Last year they awarded five Stepinac students a total of $7,500.

"We'll never forget Joe," O'Donnell said. "The foundation keeps his name alive in the community and in our football program."

The other inductees at tonight's dinner will be Dick Broderick, a 1953 grad who played at Michigan; Paul Hefti ('53), who played at Miami; Steve Buchanan ('70), who played at Holy Cross and was drafted by the Denver Broncos; Ed Chomicki ('77), who played at Boston College; Craig Miller ('78) and Frank Boccanfuso ('81), both of whom played at Fordham; and Tyler Nugent (2002), who played at Holy Cross, Stepinac will alos give the Fr Pete Gelsomino award to Coach , Parent & long time referee Skip Morton.

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