The 28th Annual Golf Classic honored Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital Healthcare Heroes-- seen here holding letters reading #STONYBROOKSTRONG-- for their heroism in the battle against COVID-19.
October 8, 2020
28th Annual Golf Classic Raises $134,000 and Boasts Record Sponsorship
On Monday, October 5, 2020, the Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation held its 28th Annual Golf Classic at North Fork Country Club, which raised $134,000 to benefit Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital. This year’s classic had approximately 165 golfers in participation, a record number of sponsorships, and raised even more than the 2019 classic.
The 2020 classic honored SBELIH Healthcare Heroes. Jack and Maggie Biggane of the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation were the original 2020 honorees, but they thoughtfully “took a mulligan” and asked to be honored at a later date, as they felt the hospital's healthcare "heroes" should be honored for their efforts in fighting COVID-19. Top sponsors included Title Sponsor BNB Bank, Gold Sponsors Denise and James Martin, and Employee Table Sponsors Susan and James Sweeney. This year, the event honored the Healthcare Heroes of Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital for their efforts both on and behind the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While COVID-19 has drastically changed the way organizations fundraise, the ELIH Foundation has adapted its 2020 events to be both successful and safe. Thanks to a great deal of thoughtful planning and creativity on the part of the Golf Committee, this event was no exception.
Although the day got off to a rainy start, morning golfers braved the weather and enjoyed a grab-and-go continental breakfast before teeing off and playing 18 holes of golf. A lunch of raw bar items and traditional barbecue fare was served in a similar grab-and-go format. In addition to better weather, afternoon golfers enjoyed a variety of made-to-order mixed drink stations scattered throughout the course during play, as well as roving beer carts. In lieu of the event’s traditional formal program and sit-down dinner, all golfers received a special takeaway dinner package.
Golfers were invited to partake in many games of chance, silent and community auctions, and other raffle opportunities, the winners of which were personally called after the event.
“This year’s record number of sponsorships is just one example of the immense generosity our community has shown this hospital all year long,” said Paul Romanelli, Chairman of the ELIH Foundation. “We thank you for your continued support, especially during this most challenging year.”
To learn more about the Annual Golf Classic, the ELIH Foundation, or Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, visit elih.stonybrookmedicine.edu.