Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Hosts Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Golf Classic
On Monday, August 13th, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens hosted the 2012 Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Golf Classic, at Sands Point Golf Club in Sands Point, NY. The most successful Catholic Charities Golf Classic to date, the event raised $150,000 to benefit more than 160 programs and services provided by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
Attended by many executives from the New York Metropolitan area, this year’s Golf Classic was chaired by Peter Striano of Unity International Group, Bruce Arella of GenSpring, Charles F. Murphy of Turner Construction Company, Darrell W. Upson of Ameriprise Financial Service, John J. Farrell, and Joseph Saggesse. Ken Rosato, Anchor at WABC-TV Eyewitness News, was the Master of Ceremonies.
At the magnificent 18-hole Sands Point golf course, the format for this sold-out event was a Shotgun Start at 11:15 a.m., with course play including a $10,000 Hole-in-One, Closest to the Pin Contest on all Par 3’s and Longest Drive Contest. The day featured a breakfast buffet at 9 a.m., a cocktail reception and dinner at 4:30 p.m., a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, prizes and awards.
Most notably, at the event, Catholic Charities launched the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Emergency Food Pantry Fund. For the past few years, the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’s food pantries have experienced an increased demand for food, especially among people who have never had to ask for help before. For those who are struggling in this economy, September is often a very difficult month because of the many expenses associated with sending kids back to school, including book bags, school supplies and clothes, making September one of the busiest months for our food pantries. In 2011, 1,273,176 meals were provided to 141,264 individuals at 19 food pantries.
Expecting that the increased demand will leave Catholic Charities with a $10,000 shortfall next month, Catholic Charities launched the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Emergency Food Pantry Fund hoping to raise the money that evening to cover this shortage.
The donors exceeded our expectations and raised a total of $26,000 to benefit the Catholic Charities food pantries.
“Through the generosity and kindness of our friends, Catholic Charities can have a direct and positive impact in helping the hungry throughout Brooklyn and Queens,” said Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “We are grateful to everyone who came out to support the event and the new Food Pantry Fund. Strong relationships are the key to enabling us to support our neighbors during their time of need.”
The Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Golf Classic was named in honor of Bishop Sullivan, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Bishop Sullivan celebrates over fifty years as a member of the Catholic Charities family. Funds raised at the Golf Classic will benefit Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ more than 160 programs and services for children and youth, adults and seniors, individuals with developmental disabilities, and those struggling with mental illness, the isolated or the formerly homeless.
Pictured (from l. to r.) are: Peter Striano, Unity International Group; Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn; Charles Maikish, Citigroup; and Joseph Cooney Uni-Data & Communications, Inc.