FARMINGDALE,NY– Brian Cashman, Chris Berman, Lawrence Taylor and Tino Martinez were some of the most notable names in attendance at this years’ Joe Namath Celebrity Golf Outing.
Bethpage State Park Golf Course was the host of this outing for the 11th straight year. According to Brooks Thomas, the tournament director, the event involved 475 golfers and 100 celebrities.
March of Dimes, the charity organization who runs this event, raised $1.18 million, netting $900,000. The money will go toward research and programs that will help and prevent birth defects and premature birth.
“It is by far our biggest outing of the year,” said Luke Formisano, a golf cart employee at Bethpage Golf Course.
“We really look forward to working this event,” said Tommy Maier, a caddy who works for Bethpage. During the outing, Maier caddied for Richard Dent, a former NFL player and pro football hall of famer.
The first March of Dimes Golf Outing took place in 2005 at Cherry Creek Golf Links in Riverhead. After a large turnout, the organization decided the move the event to Bethpage State Park, home of five courses including the Black Course, which hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open.
Joe Namath, Hall of Fame Jets Quarterback and host of the outing, is also a lifelong volunteer with March of Dimes. The organization was founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt under the name, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
“One out of every ten babies is born prematurely,” said Thomas, the tournament director. “Premature birth is very expensive and is also the number one killer of babies.”
“I love working this event,” said Formisano. “Seeing all these celebrities gathered together for a good cause is something special.”