Thank you from the 15th Annual Bill Sugra Memorial Golf Outing. Even though a decade has now passed, we still find it so hard to believe our son is no longer with us. As difficult as that is, we realize that we must continue to keep his memory alive by helping others. We are so fortunate and blessed to have family and friends like you to support us in this endeavor by participating in today's event. Our family is humbled and honored by each of you for your participation.
It does our hearts good to have you all here and helping the Bill Sugra Memorial Fund to reach out to make a difference in the lives of needy and disadvantaged people. Thanks to your support and love, we have given over $588,152 to many organizations and individuals over 15 years.
On behalf of our family and our dear son, we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you. Without your participation, we would not have been able to help so many in their time of need.
It also takes a number of people to organize an event like this and we would like to acknowledge their efforts: Gregg Blaha our event manager for his expertise and hard work for putting this outing together; Bruce Aldinger – organizing the silent auction items; Sam Jarvis for his great ideas and invaluable assistance as committee member; Gillespie Printing for donating their printing and mailing services; Rodger Zellner from Green Pond Country Club for hosting the event; Embrace your dreams and Peter Fuller for their contributions to the morning event; Father Dan Gambet, President Emeritus of DeSales University for his support and being chairperson, spiritual leadership and unending energy; Monsignor John Murphy for his unwavering support and being an integral part of our committee, and JB Reilly and Joe Topper for their commitment, dedication, support and serving as chairpersons; Mickey Jarvis for her time in helping to coordinate our volunteers, Sue Kerwin with registration, Jen and Geri for being our peppy, cute photographers: and all of our friends and family who surround us with their love. A special thank you to Tracy for making the video of precious memories of past golf outings,September 11th and our dear son.
We also very much appreciate the work of all our volunteers whose efforts make this event run so smoothly
A special thank you to our daughter, Tracy & her husband Steven for their love, support, and encouragement. Their precious children Reagan Sara , and Tripp William, fill their proud grandparents' hearts with joy. Also, Bill, our dear son, who I know is smiling down on us and helping us in more ways than you can imagine. He gives us the strength to go on.
We would also like to recognize the sponsors for their contributions for this years outing, in particular; City Center Lehigh Valley, CrossAmerica Partners & Dunne Manning, Inc. (Title Sponsors) Plumbers Union -Local 690 (Platinum Sponsor) and Gillespie Printing (Platinum Sponsor), Scott Dealerships (Platinum Sponsor), Jim & Lynne Finnegan (Platinum Sponsor) Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor Stiller (Platinum Sponsor), One Financial Services, llC ( Platinum Sponsor)
Thank you one and all.
September 11th was such a senseless and devastating tragedy for all of us. Although difficult, it is important to focus our energy from our sorrow and helplessness on the future. As a family, we have chosen to give September 11th some meaning by doing something good for others.
We couldn’t do anything to help Bill during his time of need, but we can continue to help others today in their time of need. Bill was a quiet person, but constantly strived to improve himself and reach out to help others. As we join together today, we become the power of one to reach out and help others in our son’s name. Only through this spirit will the outing continue to be a true success. Thank you for helping to continue his selfless spirit and making a difference in someone else’s life.
Hope you enjoyed your day and look forward to seeing all of you next year. Mark your calendars for next year's golf outing: August 25, 2017 at Green Pond Country Club.
Bill, El, Steven & Tracy