This year’s 10th annual Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Classic was held on Monday, September 29th at Northampton Valley Country Club. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, golfers, diners and committee members, we enjoyed another very successful outing, raising over $52,000 for our charity funds.
For the tenth year in a row, our council joined forces with our brothers of St. John the Evangelist Council to host the Golf Classic. Over one hundred golfers gathered for lunch and at 1:00 PM Monsignor Prior, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish offered a blessing for our golfers and our four military guests led us in the pledge of allegiance. The golfers then teed off at the beautiful links of Northampton Valley. The course was in excellent condition and the scramble format plus numerous “mulligans” gave every foursome a chance to shoot par golf. After a great afternoon on the course the golfers were joined by another 30 Knights, wives and guests for a delicious buffet dinner of beef, chicken and pasta prepared and served by the Northampton catering staff.
Deacon Mike Cibenko led us in prayer before the meal. Tom Rossi of St. John’s was the MC and he started the festivities by inviting all of us to join in the silent auction, the Chinese auction and the 50-50 drawing. The silent auction prizes included dinner for eight at Bonefish Grill, vacation condos in Ocean City and New Orleans, six rounds of golf at area golf courses, Sixers basketball and Flyers hockey tickets, and jewelry. The 55 inch flat screen TV raffle was won by Kevin Zola and seven other winners walked off with baskets of cheer.
The Chinese auction of over 20 items included numerous gift certificates at local restaurants.
The 50/50 drawing winner was Jack Breslin, the Jackpot hole drawing winner was Steve Foxx and the foursome led by PGK Domenic Licastro took first prize for the lowest score. At the end of the evening the golfers, wives and guests agreed that the annual golf classic was a most enjoyable afternoon and evening of fun, food and fellowship.
Once again, we were blessed with many generous sponsors who made this charitable event a great success. This year, we are grateful to have The Charitable Exchange contribute $30,000. Many thanks to, Jim McCaffrey and McCaffrey’s supermarkets and The Heritage Financial Group for their platinum ($2500.) sponsorship. Our other major sponsors at the gold ($1000.) level include Dan and Thelma Pisano of St. Ignatius Aid for friends, Joe and Gloria Coyne of Health Web Solutions, Tom Parsons of W & W auto body, the Biggs family, Benefit Watch of Yardley, Bruce and Melinda Wright, John Noto, Christian Dale, PGK Darryl Puzan of IPA, MFP Realty of Allentown, and the Tallman Family. Over 110 individuals and businesses supported the golf classic. This year’s net profit will be divided evenly between our two councils and will fund the important charitable work of our brotherhood.
The golf committee, co-chaired by Len Kuchera of St. John’s and GK Bryan Bedard, included PGK Domenic Licastro , PGK Pat Joy, Anthony Liccione, Bryan Cromarty of our council and six members of St. John’s council. A total of twenty-two members and wives volunteered their time on the day of the outing.
Please save this date: September 28th, 2015, for the 11th annual Knights golf classic at Northampton. See you there!!!!