30th Anniversary Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic
Just like its 29 predecessors, the 30th Anniversary Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic did not disappoint. This year’s event, held on May 11 in Locust Valley, was an incredible day of golf, tennis, lunch and card games followed by a fantastic cocktail reception, dinner and silent auction. Another sold-out event for Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism, we couldn’t have done it without the help from our supporters, Board Members, staff and volunteers.
The 2017 outing honored Anthony Taormina, Jr., and the Taormina family, of Rose Mechanical Corp., and we sincerely thank them for their support and efforts to contribute to the success of the event.
Of course thanks also go out to Geraldo Rivera himself, who so generously supports Life’s WORC with his time and efforts, recruiting additional funds and participating in the outing year after year. “I’m the worst golfer in America with a tournament named after him,” he quipped. But he went on to address the challenges that people with developmental disabilities and their families and the programs that support them are facing, and what we can do about it.
“Guess what, if government doesn’t do it, that means the private citizens have to step up. And a problem like a chronic disability, it never goes away. So every year you have to raise money to keep the services that you have established running, and then you want to broaden the support, because it’s always needed,” he said.
“What happens when you have an autistic child? You’re a parent, you work ten times harder than a parent with an able-bodied kid… What happens when the child is now 20, and you’re 50, they’re 30 and you’re 60, they’re 40 and you’re 70? No one thinks it through – what happens to the autistic child at 50?” he continued. “These are challenges that will last as long as we are here, and our offspring have offspring and on and on, but what makes a difference is people stepping up to the plate, people giving of themselves, whether their money or their time or their energy or their soulful commitment. And that is why I am so proud to be associated with Vicki Schneps and Life’s WORC.”
Thank you to everyone who supports Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism day in and day out, and especially to make events like the Geraldo Rivera Golf Outing a success.
Below are just a few photos from the day – visit our Facebook page to see more!