by Donna Ruhanen, Marketing Chair
The Community Fund’s 32nd Annual Golf Outing was held at Siwanoy Country Club on Monday, May 7th. The event was a tremendous success with 124 participants, including players from both Grand Sponsors Pepe Auto Group and the Raffiani Family Foundation, and Dinner Sponsor NewYork Presbyterian/ Lawrence Hospital all enjoying a beautiful day on a fantastic course.
The event grossed over $200,000 which will enable the Community Fund, along with the money raised from their Annual Fall Campaign, to provide much needed grants to non-profit organizations providing critical services across the Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe communities.
For the golfers the day kicked off with lunch and an exciting qualifying round for the putting competition, followed by a scramble play format, complete with prizes and hole-in-one contests. Thanks to our generous Hole-in-One sponsor, Pepe Auto Group, a $10,000 cash prize awaited golfers at one hole and a choice of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti or Cadillac awaited them at the other. Stunning automobiles were also on display, enhancing the beautiful acreage of Siwanoy thanks to Mercedez-Benz of White Plains; Mercedez-Benz of New Rochelle; Porsche of Larchmont; Pepe Cadillac and Pepe Infiniti.
Although no one was able to make that hole-in-one, which has eluded golfers now for 32 years, there were still plenty of awards to go around. The “First Place Winning Team” went to Neal Denning, Jack Mullen, Joe Quartararo, and Scott Bogetti and “Second Place” was taken by the team of Raymond Delsalvio, Mike Doody, John Silvestri, and Bill Carney.
The evening ended with cocktails, dinner and our annual auction, and offered a tremendous array of great prizes!
Funds from the golf outing comprise about 20% of the overall revenue the Community Fund raises each year. Amy Korb, executive director of The Community Fund stated, “Every year we are amazed at the outpouring of support for this event. Foursomes sell out in days, sponsors give generously, and attendees make both the silent and live auctions an exciting climax to the evening.
Robert Castano, Golf Co Chair added, “Once again we are grateful for the support of our Grand Sponsors, Pepe Auto Group and The Raffiani Foundation. Year after year these two organizations step forward and lead the charge. Our thanks to our first ever dinner sponsor New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital – NYP has quickly become a strong partner of the Community Fund. We also deeply appreciate all the support we receive from a long list of organizations and individuals whose participation is vital to the success of the outing.”
The 2018 Golf Committee included Committee Chairs, Robert Castano and Kiri Wolfe; Honorary Committee Chairs, Chuck and Mark Rollins; Wine Auction Chair, Donna Ruhanen; Committee members, Tom Andruss, Tar, Margaret Colavita, Neal Denning, Judy M. Foley, Thomas Giordano, Frances Harris, Andrew Korb, Peter Lacalamita, Rosetta McArdle, Kevin McNeil, Doug Meyer, Katharine Outcalt, Steven R. Palm, Joe Pepe, Sal Pepe, Laura & Phil Raffiani, Jim Rotenberg, Martin H. Schulman, Tom Sipple, Pirkko Stechler, Frederick H. Taylor, Jeff Ungvary and Jane Vergari.
The Community Fund provides financial assistance and administrative support to non-profit organizations whose programs target the health, education and welfare needs of local residents. Last year The Community Fund allocated $564,420 to the following agencies and programs supporting the communities of Bronxville, Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe: Andrus Early Learning Center, Bereavement Center of Westchester, Bronxville Youth Council, Cancer Support Team, Inc., The Community Flu Shot Program at Lawrence Hospital, The Counseling Center, D.A.R.E., Eastchester & Tuckahoe, Eastchester Community Action Partnership, Eastchester Senior Programs and Services, Eastchester Teen Scene, Eastchester Youth Council – Summer Theatre, Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC), Gramatan Village, Michael Frey Scholarship Awards for Graduating High School Seniors, The Maxwell Institute, The Senior Citizens Council, South East Consortium for Special Services, Tuckahoe Police Youth Initiatives, The Tuckahoe Trolley, Victims Assistance Services, Westchester End of Life Coalition and Wartburg.