TIMBER POINT GOLF CLUB / GREAT RIVER, N.Y.
The rumor going around on May 25th was that Father Bill Brisotti was in charge of the weather. And having conscientiously served the OLMM parish and Wyandanch community for the past 40 years - Fr. Bill's prayers were answered from "on high" with a day of perfect golf weather! There was brilliant sunshine, 85 degrees temps, and a cool ocean breeze--making any humidity a non-factor. It was the best possible weather, in fact.
View more photos of the Ryan Outreach Summer Camp Golf Outing, here: MEDIA GALLERY
Board of Trustees President Joe Gibbons commented: "I would like to personally thank everyone who generously supported the golf outing and dinner for the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center. I've been to many golf outings in the past, but have never seen this level of attendance post-golf. It was gratifying to see so many people staying on for the entire night. Once again, this reflects the high-caliber people and families we are so lucky to have leading the way in support of the Outreach Center. You are all part of who we are and what we do and I am very thankful for that!"
All 80 golfing slots (20 foursomes) were sold out in advance. There were 142 dinner guests, including golfers, Outreach friends, supporters, and sponsors.
Jim H's three-piece slow jazz band was a big hit--and since then, people have been inquiring about where & when they can see the troupe perform again! Andy Carracino, the Timber Point pro and his staff were more than helpful, and complimented us on what a great group of people we had.
KEYNOTE: The outing accomplished its goal of generating sufficient funds to extend the Ryan Outreach Summer Camp by an additional week, which now allows us to care for and feed the homeless and shelter children for one more week of the summer.
We also raised enough to fund our After School Program, which provides a full meal daily for each child, as well as homework help, in a safe and caring environment for Wyandanch children during the school year (ending in May).
We are happy to extend an open invitation to you, your family and your friends to visit us at the Outreach Center at any time. You'll be able to see firsthand, or participate in, activities such as the Summer Camp, the Back to School Program, the After School Program, the Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution, the food and clothing pantry, or the Tuesday night Homeless Shelter.
Special thanks to St John the Baptist DHS and Temple Beth Torah for their ongoing support of the Outreach Center and their frequent and continuing participation in many of our events and campaigns.
Special recognition and kudos also are in order for Noelle Campbell, and her Outreach staff: Naycha Florival, Ivonne Tararas, and Myrna Salmeron for stepping out of their comfort zones and working tirelessly to make the golf outing & dinner a sure success. Just imagine the challenge of working hard for long hours with women and children in crisis all day.....and then having to worry if there are enough golf towels on hand at the outing!
EPILOGUE: The 50/50 raffle was won by a woman who had once been an outreach center client, and who had lived in a shelter. After crisis management by the outreach staff and her own hard work and determination, she now works full time and lives in a modest apartment in West Babylon. After she learned that she won the $2,500 prize, she said that she tithes at church and wanted to give back 10 percent. But Ryan Outreach staffers apparently told her: "Absolutely not! You keep it all--and enjoy your windfall!"