WINTHROP’S CCFK GOLF OUTING HITS $250,000 MILESTONE
Friends and benefactors of the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital gathered at the Hamlet Wind Watch Golf and Country Club in Hauppauge, NY on Monday, June 21 for the sixth annual Cancer Center for Kids Golf Outing. The event was a record-breaking success, raising nearly $50,000 in support of vital pediatric cancer services at Winthrop, bringing the groups total fundraising to more than $250,000.
Event founder and co-chairman Michael C. Stroud, president of Atlas Investigations, Inc. in Mineola, began his life in a difficult birth at Winthrop (then Nassau Hospital) and many of his family and friends have been treated at the Hospital over the years. “I wanted to do something to give back to the Hospital,” Mr. Stroud said recently. “You reach a point in your life where you’ve lived well, and you realize that it’s time to do something for other people in need.”
Six years ago, Mr. Stroud joined forces with his business associate, Rosemary Cinquemani, partner in the law firm of Furey, Kerley, Walsh, Matera & Cinquemani, P.C. in Seaford, to organize the first annual CCFK golf outing. One year later Frank Catelli, partner in the law firm of Furey, Furey, Leverage, Manzione, Williams & Darlington, P.C. in Hempstead came on board as a co-chair and since then, the trio’s hard work and generosity has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the Center’s pediatric patients and their families.
The group chose to champion Winthrop’s CCFK because the Center offers extensive support services for patients and families dealing with childhood cancer that are not covered by most insurance plans. Psycho-social support services including individual and group counseling; music and play therapy; horticultural therapy; academic support and assistance with school re-entry and even a long-term effects follow-up program are provided to the children and their families free of charge.
Support for these vital services comes from private donations by groups and individuals who care enough to assist pediatric cancer patients and their families.
“I can't think of a more worthwhile cause than helping these patients and their parents,” said Mr. Catelli. “I’m always amazed when I see these same kids volunteering at the event – we can all learn from their positivity and their strength.”
At this year’s event, more than 100 golfers enjoyed perfect weather while taking in stunning views of Long Island’s north shore. A relaxing day of golf was followed by a lively reception during which attendees savored delicious food, enjoyed great company and purchased raffle tickets for a variety of donated prizes.
“We would like to thank everyone who came out and generously supported this year's event,” said Ms. Cinquemani, who, like Mr. Stroud, was born at Winthrop and has had a long family history of medical care at the Hospital. “The physicians and staff at the Cancer Center for Kids provide invaluable services, care and compassion to young patients and their families. They need our continued support, and we hope everyone joins us again next year for our 7th Annual Golf Outing on June 20, 2011.”
For more information about Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids visit www.winthrop.org/cck; to become involved in the next CCFK Golf Outing, please call (516) 663-3398.# # #