(PRWEB) June 19, 2013
Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a global leader in elite guide dog training, recently welcomed the return of NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning as host of their 36th annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic. 288 golfers teed off, raising significant funds for the organization. The sold-out event was held on Sunday, June 9, and Monday, June 10, at the Mount Kisco Country Club in Mount Kisco, NY and Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, CT.
Founded in 1977 with the help of PGA legend Ken Venturi, the Golf Classic has raised over $8 million for the organization since its inception. As part of the Classic, Guiding Eyes also presented the Corcoran Cup, the “Masters” of blind golf. Fourteen top U.S. Blind Golfers Association players from around the country vied for the coveted trophy. This year, Mario Tobia was named Corcoran Cup champion. David Meador took home the Cribari Trophy for his second place finish. Gatorade was the lead sponsor of the Corcoran Cup based on the company’s support of athletes of different abilities.
Now in his seventh consecutive year as host, Eli Manning was first introduced to Guiding Eyes’ Golf Classic through family friend and 24-time Corcoran Cup champion Patrick Browne, Jr. Pat taught Eli and his son, Patrick III, how to golf as boys. At this year’s outing, top blind golfer and Guiding Eyes graduate Dick Pomo and wife Sharon, recipient of the 2013 Ken Venturi Coach of the Year Award, showed the star quarterback how to golf blind.
“I’ve learned so much about Guiding Eyes and have seen so much growth in the organization since first hosting the annual Golf Classic seven years ago,” said Manning. “Getting to be here each year and meeting firsthand the people whose lives are changed through Guiding Eyes and its dogs is incredibly rewarding. I’m proud to be involved through the Golf Classic and am already looking forward to next year’s event.”
Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs, professional training, and follow-up support services to blind and visually impaired individuals around the world at no cost to them, depending solely on contributions to fulfill its mission. Additionally, Guiding Eyes’ Heeling Autism Program places specially trained service dogs with children on the autism spectrum. “It’s amazing how much more people can accomplish because of these dogs. I feel honored to be part of this,” said Manning.
The 2013 Guiding Eyes Golf Classic gained major support from the following individual and corporate sponsors:
Diamond Sponsors: Entergy Nuclear Northeast and Gatorade
Media Sponsor: The Journal News Media Group
Platinum Sponsors: Canine Company, John Donnelly and SafeHarbor Risk Management /
Kinloch Insurance Services
Gold Sponsors: A. Devito & Son, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hills Pet and Skanska
Silver Sponsors: Aero Hardware, CBS Sports, Citibank, Stanley Cohen, Harriet and Bob Druskin, Empire Merchants, Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC, Friends of Vero Beach, Paul Holland, Hop Energy, Justich Family Foundation, Ken Nilsen, Rolex, Rollins Insurance, The Stewart Family, Welby Brady & Greenblatt, LLP, Westchester Airport and Wilson & Son Jewelers
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. They can be reached at 914.245.4024 or by visiting http://www.guidingeyes.org. For the latest news, please visit Guiding Eyes on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/guidingeyes and on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/guidingeyes.
About Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit guide dog school founded in 1954. Since its inception, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its cutting-edge training programs, commitment to excellence, and dedication to its elite and superbly trained guide dogs. In 2008, the school launched Heeling Autism, a service dog program designed to provide safety and companionship for children on the autism spectrum. Guiding Eyes provides all of its services at no cost, and is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission. The organization’s Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and its Canine Development Center is in Patterson, N.Y. For more info, visit http://www.guidingeyes.org, like Guiding Eyes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/guidingeyes) or follow @guidingeyes on Twitter.