On Monday, August 19, Cross River Bank held its Fourth Annual Golf & Tennis Outing to benefit Madraigos. Over two dozen golfers flew in to New York from across the United States and Canada to be part of this highly anticipated, sold-out event. Trump National Golf Club of Westchester, known for its challenging course, spectacular grounds, and majestic waterfall on the 13th green, proved to be the perfect backdrop for a beautiful day of golf, tennis, and networking.
Guests began arriving well before 9 a.m., as many people were eager to view the grounds, tour the clubhouse, and enjoy the generous giveaways that Madraigos presented to each registered golfer. Between the Dr. Dre Powerbeats as the premium giveaway, the golf umbrella, Hawke activewear, Weatherproof jackets, and the duffel bag filled with a host of other sponsored items, the golfers were well equipped for a full day of golfing and beyond. The participants were delighted when they were also presented with a gift from Trump Golf Club, a gift certificate for the Pro Shop.
This year, E-Golfscore, a cutting-edge feature, was introduced. It enhanced the event with photos and live stats throughout the day while ensuring accuracy in scoring. Golfers enjoyed the handheld devices and seeing their foursome photos on the large leader board in the clubhouse.
Madraigos offers profound thanks to those who generously participated in the outing. Major event sponsors include Harborview Capital Partners, TwinMed, Brius, Riverbank Title, Infinity Land Services, Omni Health, Exigent Capital, Beechwood Capital Group, Weatherproof, Republic Valuations, Hawke, Island Exteriors, Recovery Road, Madison Title, Island Exteriors, Greensky, and 718 Insurance.
After a delicious breakfast, as the foursomes began to prepare for a competitive day of golf, Bobby Bradley settled in at the second hole, ready to take on anyone who wished to challenge him in a long-drive contest. As the ReMax Long Drive Champion, Bradley gladly stepped up to the green to compete with those who wanted to take on the pro. Many tried, but none succeeded, as Bradley capably beat many highly talented golfers. It proved to be quite the excitement for many in attendance.
As the breakfast was being cleared indoors, the barbecue lunch, sponsored by Recovery Road, was already under way outside on the spacious patio next to the putting green halfway through the 18-hole course. The golfers drove their golf carts right up to the seating area and enjoyed the plentiful meats, which were grilled to perfection. The aroma was enticing, and the cold drinks and icy refreshments hit the spot.
Although the golf and tennis spots were completely sold out, many individuals came to the golf course to enjoy the wonderful day and to be a part of this spectacular event. Over 100 people arrived solely for cocktails and dinner, where elegant tables were set to accommodate the 250 people who had come together to show their support for Madraigos.
All of the food at the outing was expertly catered by Seasons of Westchester, and the dinner was just as plentiful and succulent as the food had been throughout the day. At the short dinner program, golf awards were presented, trophies were accepted, and the raffles were drawn. Over $50,000 in donated gifts, including electronics, jewelry, trips, sports tickets, and sports memorabilia, were given away. Special prizes included an Andrew Lock Custom Suit, Zilli ties, and gift certificates for two foursomes at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester and Hudson Valley, donated by Jeff Poling of Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, who had been impressed with the professionalism of both the outing and the guests.
David Jasse of DMJ Photo & Video, who sponsored photography for the event, worked hard with his team to get great action shots and capture the magnificent scenery. With DMJ’s creativity and unique style, the outing video will definitely be a winner.
As the day came to a close, golfers, tennis players, and all the guests were already anticipating next year’s outing, with the confidence that it would once again be the most highly anticipated golf event of the season.
Rabbi Dov Silver, founder and executive vice-president of Madraigos, was grateful. “We are so thankful to Cross River Bank, the generous sponsors, the volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty, and everyone who came here today in support of Madraigos. We could not provide our lifesaving work were it not for each and every person here today, who understands and appreciates the need to help empower our youth and give them the skills they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Gilles Gade, CEO of Cross River Bank, was equally pleased with the event. “It is an honor for Cross River Bank to host this outing to benefit such a worthwhile organization as Madraigos. My business associates, colleagues, and friends are proud to support Madraigos while enjoying a day of golf, tennis, and networking. It was a very rewarding experience.”
From registration through dinner, the day ran smoothly, thanks to expert planning and hardworking volunteers. “This golf outing exceeded everyone’s expectations, and raised even more than we anticipated,” said Rabbi Josh Zern, executive director at Madraigos “We exceeded all of our goals for this beautiful event, which is now more important than ever, as we look to balance our growing budget to accommodate the expanded list of services and programs that Madraigos offers.”
Funds raised at the event will assist Madraigos in providing valuable services to our community, including a 24-hour support line, community education, crisis intervention, case management, educational enhancement program, the lounge, assessments and referrals, school-based services, Shabbatonim, a job-placement program, support groups, and yom tov retreats, including this year’s inspirational Rosh Hashanah program, which will take place at the Hudson Valley Resort in the Catskills. For more information about Madraigos, please visit www.madraigos.org. v