Sept. 24, 1997

    Gillen to Be Roasted to Benefit American Diabetes Association

    Celebrity Dias Set to Grill Friars' Coach at Annual Hoop La Event

    Pete Gillen

    Providence, R.I. - Some of the top names in college basketball will be on hand to roast Providence College Basketball Coach Pete Gillen on Thursday, October 9th in an event called Hoop La to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The dinner and roast will be held at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, New Jersey beginning at 6:00 p.m.

    The celebrity dias that will take their best shots at Gillen will be headed by Master of Ceremonies Bill Raftery and includes Rollie Massimino, George Raveling, Jim Baron, Howard Garfinkel, and comedian Louis Black. Gillen served as an assistant to Massimino at Villanova from 1978-80 and was an assistant coach with Baron at Notre Dame under Digger Phelps.

    This is the tenth anniversary of the event that has raised more than one million dollars for the American Diabetes Association and the 16 million Americans with diabetes. Past honorees included Rollie Massimino, Rick Pitino, Bobby Cremins, Gary Williams, John Calipari, Digger Phelps and P.J. Carlesimo. Besides the dinner and roast, their will be live and silent auctions featuring sports items and memorabilia, including trips to: Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego; the NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden and the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

    Gillen is now in his fourth year at Providence College and is coming off a season where his Friars went 24-12 and advanced to the NCAA's Elite Eight where they were 3.9 seconds from going to the Final Four. PC lost to eventual champion, Arizona, 96-92 in overtime, at Birmingham, Alabama. One of the most successful coaches in college basketball today, Gillen is one of just ten coaches to win 260 or more games in 12 seasons or less. His current record stands at 261-112 and includes nine seasons at Xavier and three at PC.

    Individual tickets are $150.00 and tables are also available. To order tickets or to receive more information on Hoop La, contact Roberta Rabinowitz with the American Diabetes Association at (732) 469-7979.