32nd Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic with NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning Tees Off June 15th

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NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning returns on Monday, June 15, 2009 to host Guiding Eyes for the Blind's 32nd Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic. Last year 340 golfers teed off, raising a record-breaking $450,000 for the organization. Guiding Eyes, an internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school headquartered in Yorktown Heights, NY, will hold the Classic at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, NY and Mount Kisco Country Club in Mount Kisco, NY - two of the region's favorite and most challenging courses.

Eli Manning with Guiding Eyes dog in training, Nia

This is my third year hosting the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic and it's very special to me

NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning returns on Monday, June 15, 2009 to host Guiding Eyes for the Blind's 32nd Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic. Last year 340 golfers teed off, raising a record-breaking $450,000 for the organization. Guiding Eyes, an internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school headquartered in Yorktown Heights, will hold the Classic at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, NY and Mount Kisco Country Club in Mount Kisco, NY - two of the region's favorite and most challenging courses.

Founded by PGA legend Ken Venturi in 1977, the Golf Classic has raised over $6 million for the organization since its inception. As part of the Classic, Guiding Eyes will also present the Corcoran Cup, the "Masters" of blind golf, on Sunday, June 14. Fourteen top U.S. Blind Golfers Association (USBGA) players will compete for the coveted award. Each blind golfer plays with a coach who aids in club selection, alignment, setup, and distances. On Monday, blind golfers will challenge their sighted counterparts to experience golf as a visually impaired person by inviting them to take a shot at hitting the ball blindfolded.

Corcoran Cup Champion William P. Blackwell (Greenville, SC), Cribari Trophy recipient Brad Eaton (Harwich, MA), and McFarland Trophy recipient Mike Mercado (Albany, NY) will all return to compete in 2009. Additional top ranked blind golfers invited to participate in this year's Corcoran Cup are: James Vaughn Baker (Nashville, TN), Patrick W. Browne, Jr. (New Orleans, LA), Ron J. Derry (Baltimore, OH), Dan Dillon (Hermitage, TN), Sheila Drummond (Lehighton, PA), Otto Huber (Regina, SK, Canada), Bill McMahon (Framingham, MA), David Francis Meador (Nashville, TN), George Pilz (King of Prussia, PA), Richard A. Pomo (Green Valley, AZ), and David Wall (Wymark, SK, Canada).

Eli Manning was introduced to the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic through family friend and 18-time Corcoran Cup champion Patrick W. Browne, Jr. "This is my third year hosting the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic and it's very special to me," says Manning. "It's important to raise money for the school so that people who need guide dogs can have them." Pat taught Eli and his son, Patrick III, how to golf as boys.

Sponsorships are available at the Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels. Additional support opportunities include bronze foursomes, individual play, hole sponsorship, and journal advertising. Those donating $10,000 or more are invited to a special Tee-Off Party with Eli Manning at Mulino's of Westchester in White Plains. Current sponsors for the 32nd Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic include:

Diamond Sponsors: Entergy
Presenting Sponsor: The Journal News & Lohud.com
Platinum Sponsors: The Canine Fence Company and Kinloch Insurance Services
Gold Sponsors: American Airlines, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, JP Morgan Chase, and Sidley Austin LLP
Silver Sponsors: Paul Holland, Donald J. Matthews, Aero Hardware, Avant Business Services, Citibank, Dr. Pepper, Skanska, and Wilson & Son Jewelers

Individual play is $700 and a foursome is $2,500. These costs include breakfast, lunch, a banquet dinner with silent auction, and a truly memorable day of golf. Spectators are welcome at the Corcoran Cup; registration is required for gallery seating. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, or for general golf information, please contact Michelle Brier, Events and Marketing Manager, at 914.243.2208 or mbrier@guidingeyes.org.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights, NY. They can be reached at 914.245.4024 or by visiting http://www.guidingeyes.org.

About Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (http://www.guidingeyes.org), an internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school, was founded in 1954 to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and expanded horizons of opportunity. Since that time, Guiding Eyes has become one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, graduating more than 7,000 guide dog teams. It provides superbly bred Guiding Eyes dogs, professional training and follow-up support services to students at no cost to them and depends on contributions to fulfill its mission. The comprehensive cost of breeding, raising, preparing, training, and supporting a Guiding Eyes team is $45,000. Guiding Eyes for the Blind's Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, NY and the Canine Development Center is in Patterson, NY.

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