Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

TARRYTOWN – About 200 golf enthusiasts and supporters of Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley recently teed off simultaneously at two renowned area golf courses to help grant wishes for more than 170 local kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Golfers Help Grant Wishes

Tony Cardone, former chair of the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley board of directors; Chris DeLorenzo, Rich Goldstein and Tom Sullivan, also a former chair of the chapter’s board. At right is an unidentified caddy. Photo provided

The unprecedently popular Golf Fore Wishes was held at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Briarcliff Manor and Hudson National Golf Club, Croton-on-Hudson.

Originally, the event was going to be held only at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

However, because of strong demand, the Golf Fore Wishes at Sleepy Hollow County Club sold out earlier than expected. Not wanting to disappoint the many supporters and golf fans who wanted to participate and help the non-profit achieve its goal, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley decided to also hold the fundraiser at a second location at Hudson National Golf Club.   That too sold out several weeks before the event.

Following a day of great golf, participants at both golf courses enjoyed an early evening of cocktails and dinner at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

Golfers Help Grant Wishes

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley supporter/golfer Rob Guidotti and Wish Kid Ben who is battling a life-threatening genetic condition. Ben’s wish to see his favorite baseball heroes at this year’s MLB All-Star Game was granted by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred who was honored at the non-profit’s annual Wish Ball held last May. Photo provided

Thomas J. Conklin, the chapter’s President and CEO, noted that Golf Fore Wishes was the third of four major signature fundraising events held this year.

The first on April 7 was the Frank & Friends concert headlined by legendary Broadway composer and songwriter Frank Wildhorn held at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall.

The second was the Annual Wish Ball celebrated May 12 at the Abigail Kirsch Tappan Hill which this year honored MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

The fourth is the annual Walk/Run for Wishes that will be held Sunday, Oct. 29, rain or shine, at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Yorktown Heights—a festive gathering of supporters from throughout the Hudson Valley who will make strides for their favorite cause.

Conklin added “Thanks to a tradition of generosity from thousands of supporters—individuals, businesses and organizations dating back to the establishment of our chapter 31 years ago– the wishes of more than 2,600 local kids with serious medical challenges have been granted and have immeasurably enriched the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”



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