All-Star Golf Tournament Scores Big for Local Charities

(Binghamton, NY • October 27, 2017) The scorecard for the 2017 Jim “Mudcat” Grant All-Star Golf Tournament has now been tallied, and on October 25, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, Binghamton Mayor Richard David and Security Mutual Life Chairman, President and CEO Bruce W. Boyea presented the tournament proceeds to the four benefiting organizations: The Broome County Urban League, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton, Catholic Charities of Broome County, and the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW).

“These four organizations do an incredible job of making Binghamton and Broome County a better place to live and work,” said Boyea. “From tutoring and after-school programs, to meals, food pantries, and counseling, every day throughout the year, the caring people at each of these charitable organizations do so much to help our community’s children and their families. On behalf of the 40 celebrities, 30 sponsors and many volunteers, advertisers and supporters who helped make this year’s event such a great success, we are honored to present the tournament proceeds to help these organizations continue their amazing work.”

“We need to thank so many people for everything they’ve done,” said Marybeth Smith, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton, who spoke on behalf of all four benefiting organizations. Smith specially thanked the community, saying: “You are a part of all these agencies because you are helping us do our jobs and do them better.”

“These are really deserving community organizations . . . and I am just really thankful that we have great businesses that are rooted in this community that are willing to give back to those who need it most,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.

Binghamton Mayor Richard David thanked all the people who worked to make the event possible, noting how vital the tournament proceeds are to each of these organizations. “For many of these organizations, these funds are the difference between whether or not certain programs occur on an annual basis—it’s that important,” said David. “We know there are people in the community who are being helped, and without these funds, that may not have been the case.”

In addition to the contributions made to the four recipient organizations, a contribution from a separate fundraising event held during the tournament was presented to Binghamton Mayor Richard to assist homeless U.S. military veterans in Broome County. The contribution will help support the new veteran housing unit in Binghamton, which was completed this past August and is the first project of its kind dedicated exclusively to housing this region’s homeless veterans. The home accommodates 10 residents, and today’s contribution will cover the housing costs for one of the residents throughout the next year.

Bruce Boyea concluded the press conference, thanking each of the recipient organizations not only for the work they do each and every day, but for the inspiration they provide to the people around them.

Mark your calendars! The 17th Annual Jim “Mudcat” Grant All-Star Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 30, 2018, at The Links at Hiawatha Landing. For information on being a part of the 2018 Tournament, contact Rick Shaw.

(l to r) Security Mutual Life Chairman, President & CEO Bruce W. Boyea; Broome County Executive Jason Garnar; Broome County Urban League Board Member Denise Yull, EdD; Binghamton Mayor Richard David; Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton Executive Director Marybeth Smith; CHOW/Broome Bounty Director Jack Seman; and Catholic Charities of Broome County Executive Director Lori Accardi.

Binghamton Mayor Richard David (l) accepts a contribution covering the next year’s housing costs for one resident of the new unit in Binghamton dedicated exclusively to this region’s homeless U.S. veterans.

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