More than $150,000 was raised to help broadcasters in need at the 2011 Broadcasters Foundation of America Celebrity Golf Tournament, held Sept. 26 at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Tarrytown, New York. The funds, the BFA said, come at a time when more broadcasters than ever are in need of assistance. The foundation is expecting […]
More than $150,000 was raised to help broadcasters in need at the 2011 Broadcasters Foundation of America Celebrity Golf Tournament, held Sept. 26 at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Tarrytown, New York.
The funds, the BFA said, come at a time when more broadcasters than ever are in need of assistance. The foundation is expecting to grant $600,000 in aid this year, a 20% increase over last year.
More than 140 broadcasters and celebrities turned out in support of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation, including over 30 sportscasters, athletes and actors.
Celebrity golfers included: actor Michael J. Fox; nationally syndicated TV and radio host Lou Dobbs; WOR-AM New York host John Gambling; ABC and ESPN sports broadcaster Sean McDonough; play-by-play announcer on MSG and ABC Mike Breen; actress and “Bond” girl Rachel Grant; NHL All-Stars Rod Gilbert, Brian Leetch and Bob Nystrom; ESPN Radio’s Stephen A. Smith and CJ Papa; Super Bowl winner Amani Toomer; CBS-TV’s Maurice Dubois, Don Dahler and Dr. Max Gomez; ESPN Sports Center hosts John Anderson and Jay Harris; WNYW New York’s Duke Castiglione; WNBC New York’s Bruce Beck; actor Gianni Russo, who played Carlo in The Godfather; and more.
The Celebrity Golf Tournament is one of the foundation’s biggest annual fundraisers. Sponsored by Evercore Wealth Management for the third year in a row, co-chairs this year were Peter Smyth, president-CEO of Greater Media, and Jim Beloyianis, president of Katz Television Group.
“The Celebrity Golf Fundraiser makes it possible for the Foundation to continue its mission of helping broadcasters in need,” said BFA President Jim Thompson. “Our thanks to Peter and Jim who served as this year’s co-chairs and helped us present a successful event that provided attendees with an opportunity to give back to broadcasters who have nowhere else to turn.”
In addition to Evercore, this year’s sponsors included Dial-Global, ESPN, Knight Family Foundation, Nielsen, Broadcasting & Cable, Arbitron and Empire Merchants.
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.
For more information on applying for a grant or making a donation, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org or call 212-373-8250.