“We did it! We broke our record!” cheered Skyline Restoration Vice President Jasen Geraghty with a mix of jubilation and pride – and a dose of awe – as he announced the grand total raised for multiple charities at Skyline Restoration’s 11th annual Golf Classic: $205,000! The robust figure exceeded last year’s sum by $3,000. Geraghty, reprising his role as emcee for the dinner awards ceremony, gripped the mic and scanned the faces filling the ballroom at the Old Westbury Golf and Country Club as he declared: “It’s all thanks to YOU –you made it happen - everyone here today!”
The rounds of applause that followed were a fitting conclusion to a day that began early on Monday, July 1st, when almost 200 golfers from 80 companies and organizations formed foursomes to play through the challenging, top-rated course situated on the sprawling grounds of the former Whitney estate on Long Island’s Gold Coast.
The winning foursome (L-R): Paul Losito, Skyline Restoration; Niall Croke and David Choe, Batska Consulting Group; Anthony Meo, Skyline Restoration. (Photo: Geosound)
Eva Hatzaki, director of marketing and the golf chairperson since the event began in 2008, said, “I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our sponsors and participants! The willingness to help the Foundation is amazing! And, I’m armored with a dedicated team that attends to each and every detail with care and concern from day one a year ago to the finish line today”.
Stephan Andreatos, Skyline Restoration’s president, pondered the phenomenal rise of the event saying, “I’ve been with Skyline since 2001. I came in at the inception of our new era of growth. There’s nothing more important than being able to see the success of so many people’s efforts to bring Skyline to the position we are at now. The golf outings reflect what we’ve become, growing over the years into one of the premiere charity events. It’s important to recognize the efforts, the teamwork, of the people who put it together: all are devoted to the cause. Andromeda is the organizing entity for the charitable foundation, and it is the efforts of all involved who make it a success. In addition, we want to thank our sponsors - tournament, platinum, all the levels of support. I’m deeply humbled by the generosity of everyone here. We see the bigger picture, the larger community and the importance of giving back. It’s what we do; it’s who we are.”
"We see the bigger picture, the larger community and the importance of giving back. It’s what we do; it’s who we are."
Stephan Andreatos, president, Skyline Restoration
John Tsampas, managing principal of Skyline, similarly called the tournament ‘deeply humbling’ and said, “It’s taken on a life of its own – It has surpassed us. It will survive us!”
Participants and sponsors gave the event high marks all-around.
Bobby Bleistein, sales rep with platinum sponsor Hohmann & Barnard, said, “Skyline puts on a fantastic outing and we cannot wait to be a part of it again. They really hit home with the right charities and we will always be eager to provide a donation.”
Nicholas Parisi, senior project manager, J.T. Magen & Co., gave unhesitating bravos to the “wonderful day of golf for a wonderful company” and was “glad to play for a company that supports these charities.”
Tony Roselli, director of sales with gold sponsor Garvin Brown, has been at the event since its launch. Calling Skyline “a key business partner,” he gave it two thumbs up and was happy “to contribute to the charities and to be a part of this.”
Louis Gonzalez, district manager NYC, BASF, saw the value of interacting with colleagues in person rather than by phone (a rarity!), email and text. “You get to see a lot of people you work with from the industry – architects, members of Skyline. You only see them in a festive atmosphere once or twice a year,” he said.
Christina Iwanow, field engineer with gold sponsor Clarke Engineering, similarly commended the boon to networking, saying, “You meet face to face, introduce yourself. It strengthens relationships between companies. When we all collaborate, we can create a better future.”
Tina Nocera, director of culture, Extech Building Materials, a platinum sponsor, applauded all aspects saying, “Skyline and its family of companies are among our best customers. We do whatever we can to support them. It’s important to see people in a more informal and friendly light –this is a casual, fun day that Skyline puts together. Here you can make relationships outside of business; you build by common interests, not titles.”
Hector Gordon, project manager, Apex Building Company, a sponsor, said, “I believe in the vision that Skyline has. Their efforts are very genuine in trying to make a difference. I want to support that in whatever way I can.”
Chris Popescu, accountant, D&N Services, a gold sponsor, was happy to praise the “great people, and great atmosphere.” He noted that “Spending the day helping a charity is important.”
Chris Orzillo, project manager, Statewide Construction, likewise was glad “to be out of the work environment where everyone is in a social, friendly mood. It builds a positive feeling.”
Roy Vollmer, vice president of tournament sponsor M&T Bank, noted that “I’ve been here for nine years – I can’t believe how big the outing is getting, and yet it still feels very intimate.” He cheered “Skyline’s focus, its goal of raising money for charities which is embraced by the clients and partners.”
Brian Land, president and CEO, David Shuldiner Inc., spoke candidly, saying, “In today’s world where there are so many less fortunate than us, it’s great to participate and have an opportunity to give back to those with less.”
Richard Koenigsberg, president, Koenigsberg Engineering, had only kudos for the outing, saying, “The weather was wonderful, the people were friendly, the food was outstanding. It’s an honor to participate in a charitable event that’s also a blast.”
Mary Ellen Bianco, senior vice president of sponsor Flushing Bank, enjoyed the outing and noted that “More women should get involved in golf for business.”
Allison Greene, vice president with Flushing Bank, was glad to support the Foundation and urged more women to play, saying, “You have to be open to having fun.”
Krzysztof Dobrzanski, sales rep with sponsor Kemper System America, welcomed the opportunity to support Skyline, pointing out that “We’ve participated in every outing since the beginning.”
Brian Piccinich, enterprise solutions specialist with DeWalt was glad to “get together with other companies in the construction industry” to support a “great foundation.”
John McAffrey, vice president sales, Von Rohr Equipment, said, “Every year it’s gotten bigger and better and the services Skyline is rendering to the charities are fabulous. This is a great organization, because they’re giving back to the community in everything they do."
John Tancredi, director business development, Kings Building Materials, a sponsor, said, “The charities and the funds raised are very important to us. The ownership of Skyline always puts money towards good causes. It’s all about relationships and supporting the causes that are worth supporting.”
“Skyline helps us help the children.”
Christine Crowther, executive director, New York Center for Children
Christine Crowther, executive director, New York Center for Children (NYCC) , attended the event together with Jennifer Grubman, a social worker with NYCC. Crowther said, “Skyline helps us help the children. We’re so grateful to be a beneficiary of this amazing event. It’s getting bigger and better every year.” At the podium, she thanked all, saying, “You have a huge impact on our organization.” Grubman told the crowd, “Your being here tonight is a part of the process.”
Nicole Battista, development specialist with the Ronald McDonald House New York (RMH NY) that is celebrating 40 years in 2019, told the guests, “We’re so thankful to be back for our third year. Between Ronald McDonald House and the Greek division of the organization, Skyline assists our children.”
The event ended with Jasen Geraghty, handing out trophies for all, from best game to longest drive, to closest to the pin, then raffling off prizes that included audio sunglasses, an electric scooter, a drone, a portable gas grill, tickets to baseball games and many electronics.
For more than a decade, Skyline Restoration has organized charity and fundraising events with a singular goal: to support local and international communities including such organizations as New York Center for Children, Ronald McDonald House NY, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Smile Train, African Soul-American Heart, and The Chordoma Foundation, Happy Watoto and more.
The Skyline Charitable Foundation was established in 2014 to serve as a channel for proceeds to be spread among multiple charities, giving supporters the option to allocate their donation according to their preference while also introducing new charities to benefactors. The hope is that the Foundation will continue to grow by inspiring others to take action.
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