Over $150,000 was raised to help broadcasters in need at the 2010 Broadcasters Foundation of America Celebrity Golf Tournament, held last week at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York. However, last month saw a record outflow of cash from the foundation.
The Celebrity Golf Tournament is one of the Foundation’s biggest annual fundraisers. Sponsored by Evercore Wealth Management for the second year in a row, over 150 executives and celebrities attended the fundraiser including LPGA future stars Ryann O’Toole and Susan Choi; lead singer of the Spin Doctors, Chris Barron; Maurice DuBois, Chris Wragge, Dana Tyler, and Max Gomez from WCBS-TV, New York; Bond girl and actress Rachael Grant; WOR Radio’s John Gambling; Bill Evans of ABC-TV; NFL Hall-of-Famer Nick Buoniconti; nationally syndicated Lou Dobbs; and more.
“The tremendous efforts of this year’s co-chairs, Paul Karpowicz of Meredith Broadcasting and Tim McCarthy of ESPN, helped us significantly increase the amount of money we raised from last year’s Tournament,” said foundation President Jim Thompson. “These fundraisers, along with the support of individual broadcasters and the generosity of our sponsors, make it possible for the Foundation to continue its mission of helping broadcasters in need.”
This year’s sponsors also included: ESPN; Triton/Dial Global; Broadcasting & Cable; Heineken; and Johnny Walker.
The Broadcasters Foundation has provided millions of dollars in aid to hundreds of broadcasters who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. Individual membership is only $150 a year and can make a difference in the life of a colleague who has fallen on desperate times. Donations also can be made as a personal gift to the Foundation and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative.