COPE Foundation’s 12th Annual Golf Outing Supports Grief Programs Including Camp Erin® NYC, a Children’s Bereavement Camp

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COPE Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides FREE grief support programs and services to bereaved parents and families living with the loss of a child or sibling. Our services cover Long Island and Manhattan and include Camp Erin® NYC, a children's Bereavement Camp. The Golf Outing is COPE's largest fundraising event, which raises 75% of the organization's annual budget.

The COPE Foundation will hold its 12th annual Golf Outing on May 21, 2018 at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich, New York. Over 250 golfers and supporters are expected to attend COPE’s largest fundraising event of the year, which raises 75% of the organization’s annual budget. Over the past twelve years, more than a million dollars has been raised from generous corporate and individual sponsors. For more information about the 2018 COPE Golf Outing, visit http://www.copefoundation.org/golf_outing/

COPE provides free support programs and services for bereaved families who meet in over a dozen locations throughout Long Island and in Manhattan. These include parent and sibling support groups, integrative healing workshops, and a variety of special programs for clergy, funeral homes, schools and mental health professionals. COPE’s grief hotline (COPEline) and website (http://www.copefoundation.org) have enabled the non-profit to provide grieving individuals throughout the country with immediate support, resources, and referrals. COPE’s Camp Erin® NYC is a free weekend bereavement camp supporting children 6-17 who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one and will be held this August 24-26. (SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFO)

This year COPE will honor Jill Martin, the Emmy Award winning television personality, sportscaster, fashion expert, and New York Times bestselling author. Jill is a broadcaster for the New York Knicks, conducting interviews pregame, halftime, and postgame. She is a contributor on NBC's TODAY show known for her "Ambush Makeover" and "Steals and Deals" segments. Jill created a home organizational line that launched on QVC and is also Creative Director for a fashion line at QVC. Prior to joining MSG, Jill worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter for CBS, an entertainment reporter in Miami and in the Hamptons for News 12 on Long Island. She was a Fashion Correspondent with Good Morning America. She is the co-author of "I Have Nothing to Wear", "Fashion for Dummies" and "The Weekend Makeover".

COPE will also present Dr. Sandra R. Wolkoff, PhD., LCSW-R the COPE Professional Service Award as well as the Parent Recognition Award. Dr. Wolkoff is the former Director of the Marks Family Right from the Start 0-3+ Center of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, a children’s mental agency. She also developed the Training and Consultation Services for the Center and started the Diane Goldberg Maternal Depression Treatment Program. She has presented throughout the country on the impact of maternal mood disorder on child development. Dr. Wolkoff was accepted as a Fellow in the Leaders of the 21st Century Fellowship for ZERO TO THREE, in Washington, DC, was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women of Long Island and was a recipient of the Pioneer Award. She facilitated the Writing Workshop for bereaved parents at COPE and shortly after, joined the Board of Directors of COPE. Her son, Steven, died in a multi-vehicle car accident nine years ago.

Shaun Sharp is chosen as this year’s recipient of the COPE Sibling Recognition Award. Shaun, a Senior Vice President at Distinguished Programs, is responsible for leading a team with the goal to enhance customer engagement. He has two daughters, Cailey and Emily. He found COPE and Camp Erin NYC when he and his family lost his sister Fran, 31 years old, very suddenly and unexpectedly. This community helped to initiate healing as he and his family discovered they were not alone. Inspired by COPE’s mission, Shaun began volunteering as a camp counselor for boys ages 6-9 at Camp Erin NYC. During this weekend, Shaun gives his time and heart to these children who have lost a parent, sibling or other close relative. As a testament to his example, his daughter Cailey has chosen a Mitzvah project based around supporting Camp Erin.

Among COPE’s supporters and previous event participants are New York Knicks TV producer Spencer Julien, whose family started COPE, and many former players and announcers from Madison Square Garden, including former New York Knicks superstar and Hall-of-Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier; Mike Breen, Play by Play announcer for MSG's Knicks telecasts and the voice of the NBA for ESPN and ABC; Al Trautwig, host of MSG’s Knicks and Rangers telecasts; Dave Maloney, Former NY Ranger and MSG Analyst; Jill Martin, Today Show correspondent and Knicks reporter, the COPE Honoree this year; and Butch Goring, four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the NY Islanders and current analyst for MSG Networks.

Sponsors of last year’s Golf Outing included Northwell Health, Madison Square Garden, Moneywatch Advisors, Plainview Oral & Maxillofacial Associates, P.C., GM Advisory Group, R&E, Medi, Star of David, Creative Travel in memory of David Joshua Berg, Sammi’s Circle Charitable Fund in memory of Samantha “Sammi” Mergentime, and founders Lillian Julien in memory of Michelle and Robert Julien, Judy and Richard Berg in memory of David Joshua Berg, and Patti Greenberg in memory of Sharon Gallucci.

About Camp Erin® NYC
Offered in more than 40 communities nationwide, including 48 camps nationally, Camp Erin® is a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17 that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. COPE partners with the Moyer Foundation (https://moyerfoundation.org/camps-programs/camp-erin/) as the New York City affiliate for Camp Erin NYC, held annually at Camp Wayne in Preston Park, PA, to help children from the tristate area who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. The weekend, which will be held August 25-27, 2017, includes a concurrent parent camp for caregivers. Contact: Ann Fuchs, Director, Camp Erin NYC (914-939-5338) afuchs(at)copefoundation(dot)org

Contacts:
Lynda Rice
Administrative Director, COPE
(516) 832-2673
lynda(at)copefoundation.org

Larry Battaglia
Golf Event Planning
(516) 393-5870
lbattaglia(at)golfeventplanning.com

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