COPE’s 7th Annual Golf Outing Raises Record Breaking Funds to Support its Bereavement Programs Including its Upcoming Children's Bereavement Camp, Cope Camp Erin NYC

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COPE’S 7th annual golf outing on May 20, 2013 raises record breaking funds to support its bereavement programs including its children's bereavement camp, COPE Camp Erin NYC. COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) is a grief and healing organization helping parents and families living with the loss of a child.

“The organization would not be where it is today were it not for Patti’s passion, time and dedication to supporting my vision,” says COPE Founder and President Lillian Julien. “I and the families within COPE owe her so much.”

COPE Foundation (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) recently held its seventh annual golf outing on May 20, 2013 at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich, New York honoring COPE Co-Founder Patti Greenberg. Over 200 golfers and other supporters of the organization were in attendance for this record-breaking outing for COPE. Former players and announcers from Madison Square Garden participated in the event and showed their support for NY Knicks producer, Spencer Julien, and the COPE organization started by his family, including Al Trautwig, host of MSG’s Knicks and Rangers telecasts; Tina Cervasio, NY Knicks sideline reporter; and Butch Goring, four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the NY Islanders and current analyst for MSG Networks. Sponsors of the event included Brenda and Carlin Axelrod, Knowledgent, Mordfin Group, Lillian Julien, BC Enterprises/Bill Cooperman, Richard and Judy Berg, Patti and Dave Greenberg, Madison Square Garden, Cushman & Wakefield, and Plainview Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

Funds raised from the event will enable COPE to develop and expand our programming and outreach, and to work towards our eventual vision of a COPE House on Long Island. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Camp Erin New York City, a free weekend-long, overnight bereavement camp for children ages 6-17 grieving a major loss. COPE partners with the Moyer Foundation to offer this program August 23-25, 2013.

Patti Greenberg, one of COPE founding members, was the honoree at this year’s outing. Patti lost her daughter Sharon in 1997 to a drug overdose, and since then has dedicated her time and energy to helping other parents and siblings dealing with this type of devastating loss. The efforts of Ms. Greenberg, in the face of the unfathomable tragedy of the loss of her daughter, to help others grieving over the loss of a child are truly admirable. “The organization would not be where it is today were it not for Patti’s passion, time and dedication to supporting my vision,” says COPE Founder and President Lillian Julien. “I and the families within COPE owe her so much.” Patti is currently employed by Tango Boutique and has served on COPE’s Board of Trustees for 13 years.

COPE, a not-for-profit foundation, 501(c)(3), is dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. Since 1999, COPE has served the needs of approximately 500 families on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) by providing emotional, therapeutic and spiritual programs (at no cost to participants). These include parent and sibling support group meetings, individual one-on-one support, alternative healing therapy workshops, and a variety of special programs for clergy and mental health professionals. In addition to assisting local families, COPE’s grief hotline (COPELine) and website have enabled us to also provide grieving individuals outside of Long Island with immediate support and resources and referrals. Anyone interested in donating to COPE or learning more about the organization can do so online at http://www.copefoundation.org. For more information on COPE or Camp Erin New York City, please contact Karen Flyer, Executive Director, at 516-484-4993 or karen(at)copefoundation(dot)org.

Photo: COPE Founder and President Lillian Julien with Honoree and Co-Founder Patti Greenberg.

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