Second Annual Fedcap Golf Tournament at Quaker Ridge
On August 10th Fedcap held its Second Annual Golf Tournament at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York. Thirty golf foursomes participated in the tournament, which netted $86,500 – enough to support High Impact Internships and an array of services designed to help youth break through the cycle of poverty.
“On behalf of Fedcap I want to thank all of our supporters and friends for helping to make such a difference in the lives of so many young people,” said Fedcap COO Joe Giannetto. “Thanks also to the fantastic staff at Quaker Ridge for making this event such a great success.”
The day began with a brunch for the golfers in the club’s beautiful Tudor-style clubhouse. The players then proceeded to the links, a 6,772-yard and par-70 course designed by renowned golf course architect A. W. Tillinghast that is widely regarded as the best in the New York Metropolitan Area. A host of longtime Fedcap supporters and business partners played in the tournament, as well as a number of companies and individuals new to the Fedcap family.
The teams returned from the golf course at 5 pm for cocktails and an exceptional dinner. During this time players and diners perused a variety of sports memorabilia that were being offered as part of a silent auction. Bids were placed on items ranging from baseballs signed by the game’s greats; tickets to New York Yankees and New York Giants games; golf passes to Quaker Ridge and other courses in the NYC Metropolitan area; signed photographs of famous athletes and other items.
“To have so many of our longtime friends and partners, and new friends of Fedcap sharing such an enjoyable day to support our important work was a truly special experience,” said Fedcap President and CEO Christine McMahon. “Through their generosity, young people will have the opportunity to acquire the skills, experience and contacts they need to build career ladders to sustainable, living wage jobs, and become economically independent.”
Here are some of the youth who benefit from events like the Fedcap Golf Tournament:
- India Torres is a special education student at P.U.L.S.E. High School who has overcome many challenges including homelessness and a difficult family situation. After struggling in school she joined the Learning to Work program, where with additional support she received passing grades and is on track to graduate. Now part of the LTW leadership program, India, who is interested in community development, recently led a team of three interns to improve Krystal Community Garden, a neglected green space in her Bronx neighborhood. Through India’s work the space has been beautified and is being used for youth workshops, senior leisure time and other community events.
- Ajalon Glover, the second youngest of nine siblings, grew up in disadvantaged Brooklyn neighborhoods while many of his brothers and sisters were raised by relatives throughout the country. At 18 he enrolled in Next STEPS, and in June 2014 graduated from the Brooklyn School of Music & Theatre in June 2014. While at STEPS he got a job at Starbucks – he works two jobs - earning $11.00 an hour. He consistently attended Next STEPS and has taken a leadership role with the other young men in the group. Ajalon, who has always been passionate about music, was recently accepted into SAE Institute, a leading provider of creative media education, and will use a Pell grant, loans and help from relatives to pay tuition and attend.
- Roberto Garcia began his journey with the Arches Edenwald program on May 30, 2013, and successfully completed the program on January 6, 2015. During that time Roberto, a well-mannered, respectful and ambitious young man, changed his behavior and attitude and now serves as a role model to the other Mentees. Roberto was referred to FEDCAP’s Security training program, where he earned his New York State Security License. He was also awarded the Fire Guard/Certificate of Fitness and has secured full-time employment with HELP/USA on Ward’s Island. Roberto is truly one of Arches great success stories.