Friday, October 21, 2016
What a beautiful and incredible day we had on Monday! Not only was the weather ideal for a round of golf and eating and drinking on a patio with the NYC skyline in the background, but it was also an ideal day for meeting up with old and making new friends.
All together, there were over 200 people who contributed to the success of the event. Sponsors, golfers, volunteers, Board of Trustee members, staff, dinner guests, silent auction donors, and all our helicopter ball drop participants…you are quite the force to be reckoned with! Over $134,000 was raised in gross donations to support all the programs of York Street Project!
Pictures will be coming soon but for those who were unavailable to join us, and for those who want to re-live the memories, here is a brief re-cap of the day:
10:00am: The sun was shining bright, the clouds were out of sight, and the registration table was dyno-mite!
11:00am: An adorable group of children from The Nurturing Place, our early childhood development center, graced the attendees with their presence and some delicious homemade chocolates!
12:30pm: Shotgun start with beers pre-loaded on each cart. A pristine Arcola golf course entertained all for the day!
5:30pm: The golfers came back to pasture for appetizers and drinks on the veranda. The highlight was watching Bill Denyeau test his skills to sink a putt for $10,000. Undoubtedly, he would have donated that right back to YSP (right, Bill?), but unfortunately his attempt did not end in glory. Bill initially managed to drain that nasty 35ft right-to-left breaker to have a shot at the grand prize. For that prowess alone, Bill was awarded a brand new putter and crowned putting champion of the day.
7:00pm : Ada Sotelo, our testimonial speaker, shared her life story and the struggles and obstacles she has overcome. A hearing impairment at a young age prevented Ada from maximizing her potential as a young student which led to her dropping out of school. She then endured tremendous hardships and struggles and was soon without a place to live. Fortunately, Ada was accepted as a resident in one of our YSP housing programs, St. Joseph’s Home, where she lived with her daughter. Ada soon enrolled in our high school program, Kenmare, and enrolled her daughter in The Nurturing Place to play and to learn while Ada was at school earning her diploma. When Ada expressed to a captivated audience that, “York Street Project saved my life. And the life of my daughter,” everyone could see and feel the truth behind her statement. Ada is an inspirational women who faced challenges that many of us have never come close to experiencing. With her determination and strength, combined with the support and love received from YSP, Ada has broken her own cycle of poverty and has since earned a college degree and is pursuing her Master’s next semester.
7:30pm: Moved by the powerful words of Ada, a pledge drive began to support and strengthen the mission of YSP. In a matter of minutes, more than $6,000 was raised for YSP programming. In an exciting turn of events, Mr. Bill Villafranco from the Toulmin Foundation, challenged the crowd to raise $2,000 more…if they did he would contribute an additional $10,000. Not surprisingly, generosity continued to pour out! After all was said and done, $19,750 was raised for YSP during the pledge drive. The final calculations still are being made to determine how much the entire event raised, but know that each dollar invested in our women and children will help to change their lives. (An updated progress report can be viewed on the golf donation page here.)
The program ended soon thereafter, and everyone went home with a new understanding of the value YSP creates for others. As Sr. Kristin Funari, a founding Director of YSP, has said about our donors and the mission you support, “When you know you can stop children’s nightmares…When you know you can stop a mother’s tears…When you know you that you can fill a hunger that just doesn’t have to do with food…Then you know you have done something good.”
For each of you who participated in the 2016 golf outing, know that you are doing good for so many people, people that many of you may never meet. Without your belief in our programs and the families we serve, there would not be a place for someone like Ada to sleep, protect her children, and receive a quality education. On behalf of Ada and her daughter, the women and children of York Street who have come before them, and for those who are following, we thank you for being a part of our family.
Count down to the 2017 golf outing begins now!