Honoring Our Hall of Fame Inductees

The induction of Bonnie & Arne Arnesen,  John Campbell and Gina & Anthony Core marks the 12th anniversary of Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club’s Hall of Fame. The award acknowledges donors, alumni, and volunteers whose personal sacrifices, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the Club’s mission. Through their commitment and service, our Hall of Famers have helped lay the foundation and create the Club as we know it today.

Bonnie & Arne Arnesen

We invite you to watch the above presentation, which showcases the Arnesens’ wonderful contributions to our Club, our community and our kids!

Arne and Bonnie Arnesen grew up on Long Island, moving to Locust Valley in 1988. Their children Erik and Rachel attended Locust Valley elementary schools before attending Friends Academy. Over the years, Bonnie and Arne have been loyal and generous supporters of numerous local organizations including the Locust Valley Fire Department, the Locust Valley Library, Bailey Arboretum, and North Shore Land Alliance.

The Arnesens’ first connection to Grenville Baker came when their children participated in the Club’s afterschool athletic programs, learning valuable lessons and enjoying friendships beyond their school and neighborhood. That connection grew when their daughter Rachel worked at the Club after college. Rachel’s warmth and intelligence made her a great asset to the Club, providing a welcoming presence and a helping hand to children, parents and staff alike. Bonnie and then Arne followed Rachel’s lead serving as Youth of the Year judges: “We were really touched by the serious obstacles that these teens had to overcome. For the first time, it hit home just what the Club was doing for these kids.” Soon Arne joined the Board.

This commitment to serving youth was hardly a new development for the Arnesen family. For thirty years, Bonnie has worked as a Special Education teacher at Jericho High School where she is also the director of the annual school play and the co-director of the musical. Erik works at Apple and Rachel has gone on to become a teacher at the Long Island School for the Gifted. As a Board member, Arne’s forty years of experience in real estate law and in investment and portfolio management has been invaluable. As our Club’s Co-Vice President and member of the Building Committee, he lends his particular talents to guide the Club through the numerous obstacles presented (including a pandemic) during the current construction project and capital campaign. “All that we’re doing, it is one of the biggest steps in Club history. The project will positively impact children in our community for the next 25 to 30 years.”

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John Campbell

We invite you to watch the above presentation, which showcases the Johns’ wonderful contributions to our Club, our community and our kids!

John Campbell grew up in a large family with seven siblings in Brentwood, NY. As John says, “it was their version of a Boys & Girls Club.” As a young man, he moved to New York City to begin a career on Wall Street. His work in wealth management brought him out to Jericho eleven years ago where he works for UBS Financial Services.

In 2005, John’s years of dedicated service to the Club began with a friendly invitation to help out at GBBGC’s Alumni and Friends Golf Outing. John was then asked to join the Club’s Board of Directors where he has served on numerous committees over the years. He served as the Board President from 2011 to 2014. Since that time, he has continued to work alongside the staff and other board members chairing the Operations, Investment and Governance committees. “My involvement at the Club has been a blessing for me and time well spent. For all that I have given, I have received so much more. I have been privileged to see the inside story on all the Club does for the children of this community.”

John and his wife Tina moved to Locust Valley 23 years ago where they have raised their kids Caroline and Jack. Living just down the street, Caroline and Jack were able to enjoy the Club, from basketball leagues to a marketing internship. In 2018, Caroline graduated from Boston University and has moved to Washington DC to begin her career. Jack graduated last month from Tulane University.

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Gina & Anthony Core

Anthony and Gina Core have been residents of Syosset for over 30 years where they have raised their three children, Albert, Anthony and Rose. Gina trained and practiced as a cardiac surgical nurse at St. Francis Hospital before devoting herself full time to her children. With an active legal practice in Westbury, Anthony has been a champion for environment issues on Long Island. He has been recognized for his work in the development of responsible strategies for residential recycling, the use of recycled products, and the innovation of new processing techniques.

Dedicated to helping children, Gina and Anthony have each lent their expertise to the Gift of Life International, an organization dedicated to providing life-saving surgery to children from abroad who are in critical need of cardiac care. Anthony has also been active as a coach in local athletics and as the longtime treasurer of the St. Anthony Benevolent Society of Long Island. With their dedication to serving youth, it was only natural for them to become active participants in Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club when invited to the Golf Outing by past Board President Colin O’Donnell.

Over the last 15 years, Anthony has not only been a top supporter of the Club and its mission, he has also become an important advisor and advocate for the Club in local affairs. He and Gina were honored for their dedication at our 2011 Golf Outing. An enthusiastic participant each year, Anthony has been called on several occasions to encourage others to share his love for the Club as the emcee and auctioneer at the Golf Dinner. Anthony and Gina are the ideal supporters, stepping up to help whenever they are asked. “We firmly believe in all that the Club does to help children, from the time they are small until they are teens. From academics to athletics to career development, the Club is so important to the community and makes the world a better place.”

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