(Binghamton, NY • October 4, 2018) The 17th Annual Jim “Mudcat” Grant All-Star Golf Tournament held August 30 resulted in a number of impressive achievements. Two tournament participants scored a hole-in-one—an All-Star Golf Tournament record! But even more important, the Tournament achieved its fundraising goals in support of the programs offered by the Broome County Urban League, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton, CHOW and Catholic Charities of Broome County.
“I have to say that this year’s event was the most exciting All-Star Golf Tournament to date,” said Security Mutual Life Chairman, President and CEO Bruce W. Boyea. “In addition to spending the day with so many great guest celebrities, we had the amazing achievement of not only one, but two participants scoring a hole-in-one. But just as exciting for me is now being able to announce on behalf of all the tournament sponsors, celebrities and supporters that we met our fundraising goals and can now present the proceeds that will help these four local charitable organizations continue their amazing and much-needed work.”
“I would like to thank everybody who adds to our community to make it a better place, because we now are making our organizations better places,” said Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton Director Marybeth Smith, who spoke on behalf of all four benefiting organizations. She described how the organizations serve the children and families in our community, going on to say, “We can do more things for them because of the support and generosity from this tournament. We are giving those little kids a sense of belonging and a sense of love and a sense of worth, and we are doing it more and more and more because of this. We’re making them stronger and better—we’re making this community stronger and better. Thank you for being a part of that.”
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar saluted the four organizations for the outstanding job they do serving the residents of Broome County. “There is such a great need for all the services that these nonprofit organizations provide. We are very thankful for the Jim “Mudcat” Grant Tournament that brings in this much-needed funding. Once again I want to thank Bruce Boyea, Security Mutual and all the wonderful employees here.”
In addition to helping children and families in our community, the tournament is also helping local veterans. Thanks to players’ generosity at a separate fundraising event held during the tournament, a contribution was made to help support the veteran housing unit in Binghamton. The housing accommodates 10 residents, and today’s contribution will provide a home for one of the residents throughout the next year.
“I think I speak on behalf of all the guest celebrities, sponsors, donors and volunteers when I say what an honor it is to help these organizations continue the outstanding work they do in our community each and every day,” said Boyea. “It is truly an inspiration to be part of this event and to see what we can accomplish when we all work together.”
On behalf of the tournament’s many sponsors, celebrities and supporters, SML Chairman, President and CEO Bruce W. Boyea (l) distributed the event proceeds to the Broome County Urban League, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton, Catholic Charities of Broome County and the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). A donation was also made to help provide housing for transitional U.S. military veterans in Broome County.