Dream Classic to Benefit Make-A-Wish
HELPING OTHERS IS PAR FOR THE COURSE.
1st Annual ABCO Dream Classic to benefit Make-A-Wish
raises over $100,000.
It’s a great feeling to give back to the community. It’s even
better when giving back is as easy as hitting the links on a
late summer afternoon.
certainly was a fun atmosphere as ABCO customers and
manufacturer-partners from Presenting Sponsor Luxaire, Title
Sponsors Mitsubishi, DuPont & Heatcraft, plus other leading
manufacturers came together at the historic Quaker Ridge Golf
Club in Scarsdale, NY for the very first ABCO Dream Classic Golf
Tournament to benefit Make-A-Wish. ABCO has raised or caused to
be raised over $1.2 Million since we first became involved in
Make-A-Wish back in 2002.
Festivities were underway at 11 a.m. for a delicious welcome
brunch, followed by a trick golf shot demonstration by renowned
entertainer Dan Boever. Hilarity ensued as Andy Kelly, ABCO Vice
President Sales & Operations, graciously volunteered to assist
Dan as he nailed shots from uphill lies, downhill lies and
“buried” lies. Then it was time to tee off for a 1 p.m. shotgun,
with 21 foursomes competing for the best score.
Michael Senter, CEO ABCO, and Chairman of Make-A-Wish Metro New
York & Western New York welcomed everyone to the course and
thanked them by saying, “Today is about you and this gorgeous
golf course and this perfect day. You’re doing something for a
charity that is just beyond good.” After eighteen challenging
holes on the magnificent Quaker Ridge course—rated #38 in the
country—the group of Bud Nardello, Mario Bruni, Jeff Karp and
Bill Valus won top honors with a low gross of 71.
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Scott Berger of Arista
wowed everyone, sinking a hole-in-one on the difficult 10th and Phil
Tuffnell of EB Mechanical generously donated his $750 honeypot
winnings to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as an added contribution.
Whatever their final score, a great round was had by all, and a
remarkable $111,430 was raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Metro New York. We can’t thank our customers and manufacturers
After finishing up on the course, the tournament participants joined
even more guests from ABCO, and other donating sponsors for an
amazing gourmet dinner. Michael Senter expressed his gratitude and
reminded everyone of the importance of supporting the Make-A-Wish
Foundation in its efforts to provide hope for children dealing with
We here at ABCO would like to extend our thanks to everyone who
participated, as well as all of our customers for their continued
help and support. It means a lot to us that so many of our customers
can stand tall as leaders in their community, helping Make-A-Wish
make a real difference for children with life-threatening
conditions. We look forward to even more of you joining us next year
for a day of great food, great golf and the warm feeling that comes
from knowing we’re all working to make life better for children who
deeply appreciate our commitment to helping them receive treatment
and heal their spirit. So save the date for our 2nd Annual Dream
Classic at Quaker Ridge on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Thanks
again, hope to see you next year.
Pat Clemency, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York &
Western New York, also thanked those in attendance, as well as all
ABCO and Luxaire customers for their continued support in giving
back to the community through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “So much
of what has happened in this partnership with ABCO and Luxaire and
with all of you have really allowed our kids to imagine the future,”
said Clemency.“If you could imagine as long as you could for as hard
as you could, you still could never imagine the difference you’ve
made in the life of my child.”
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