On Monday, August 19, Cross River held its 10th annual Golf and Tennis Outing to benefit Madraigos at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester. Known for its challenging course, spectacular grounds, and breathtaking waterfall on the 13th green, it proved to be the perfect backdrop for a day of golf, tennis, and networking.
Madraigos was thrilled to be chosen once again by Cross River and its board of directors as the sole beneficiary of this most successful outing. Madraigos owes a sincere debt of gratitude to Cross River for their extreme generosity and genuine vote of confidence.
“Now in our 10th year, the Cross River Classic has been a great way for our friends, partners, and clients to come together and help Madraigos raise much-needed funds,” said Gilles Gade, founder, CEO, and chairman of Cross River. “At Cross River, we embody the values of community service and are thrilled to play a small role in the tireless work Madraigos does on behalf of the community.”
Major event sponsors included VISA, the Diamond Level Sponsor, SR-X and Mobile Vascular Physicians, the Sapphire Level Sponsor, and Master Card, Deloitte, Infinity Land Services, Jefferies, The Battery Group, Federal Savings Bank, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Wachtel Missry, Donovan, and Singer Environmental, to name a few.
Golf and tennis players had an extra-special event experience, full of unique amenities and gifts. Ray Ban sunglasses, sponsored by Infinity Land Services, were a huge hit among players who were custom fit with the style of their choice. Thanks to sponsor Exigent Capital Management, golfers also enjoyed custom fit leather golf gloves.
Additional giveaways included a premium water bottle sponsored by Deloitte, a Rabbit Pro Axis Lever corkscrew, sponsored by CAHE, a Footjoy Golf Shoe Bag sponsored by Best Egg, and a Totes umbrella sponsored by Sunlight Financial. Participants were given an insulated food cooler, sponsored by Atalaya, filled with other valuable items.
Following a lavish breakfast sponsored by Liberty One, and a quick workout at the Stretching Station sponsored by Jefferies, equipped with VPAR live golf scoring devices sponsored by Affirm, the 36 foursomes prepared for a competitive day of golf.
Many of the participants expressed their enthusiasm for the event.
“Events like these reinforce how important it is to give back,” said Meir Krengel of TBG Funding “The fact that so many people came out to support such an amazing organization is inspiring. Each year grows stronger, which is a testament to Madraigos and all those involved.”
The barbecue lunch, sponsored by Triplenet, featured gourmet fare relished by all. Outdoor entertainment and amenities provided by Cross River enriched the experience.
Tennis players also hit the jackpot this year, with a Babolat Racquet Demo, two tennis pros, and courtside specialty beverages and snacks. Trophies, Babolat bags, and gift certificates to Tennis Warehouse were given to the lucky first-place winners.
Over 200 additional people joined for the cocktail reception and “Network for A Cause” where guests met with fellow professionals, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.
The grand finale was the dinner reception, sponsored by SR-X and MVP. Phil Goldfeder, SVP, public affairs at Cross River, former NYS Assemblyman, and longtime friend of Madraigos, emceed the short dinner program, awards presentation, and raffle drawing.
Attendees were treated to goodbye goodie bags sponsored by Freedom Financial for sweet and safe travels and appreciation for ten years of dedicated support.
“I have experienced the Cross River Classic from every vantage point and it continues to get better each year,” said Phil Goldfeder. “I am continually amazed by the generosity of our sponsors to help Madraigos, a cause that benefits so many individuals. The outing is a fantastic day for all involved, from our partners and sponsors to friends and the community, and we are already looking forward to next year’s.”
The grand raffle drawing featured two premium tickets to the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen and dinner at Le Marais as well as prestigious Callaway golf clubs. Additional top-notch prizes included U.S. Open tickets, a tropical resort vacation, a MacBook Pro, and an iPad Air.
Rabbi Dov Silver, founder and executive vice president, Madraigos, said, “We are grateful beyond words to Cross River and its board of directors for the tremendous constant flow of generosity and commitment, enabling Madraigos to serve the community that needs our resources and services. We are also thankful for all the organizations and companies that sponsored this year’s event.”
“We graciously acknowledge Cross River’s generosity which makes it possible for us to serve the community on many levels. Our gratitude extends to the many loyal sponsors, participants, and friends who believe in our mission and support our work,” commented Sharon Gross, executive director, Madraigos.
Funds raised at the event will assist Madraigos in providing valuable prevention and intervention services to the Five Towns/Queens community and beyond, including a support line, community education, crisis intervention, case management, assessments and referrals, school-based services and mental health awareness program (MAP), The Lounge, Camp Ignight, Parenting Matters, Shabbatonim, support groups, and yom tov retreats, including this year’s inspirational Rosh Hashanah program which will take place in Westchester, New York.