We had a great time shooting the Long Island Hospitality Ball 2012 on Monday! Crest Hollow Country Club looked beautiful. The giant pool was all lit up and the colored lights around the palm trees and waterfalls provided an excellent backdrop to the many food and drink stations set up by various restaurants and alcohol vendors.
Inside the ballroom, DJs rocked the house, people were dancing, and TKA blew the roof off! Everyone looked fabulous and the event was a true success for the organization and their efforts to raise money for The American Cancer Society. At last check, the event helped raise $220,000!
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Event registration started around 11:30am where players were treated to a $40 credit to the pro-shop, goodie bags, umbrellas, golf shits, and luxury handbags for the ladies. Registration was followed by a delicious BBQ lunch served by The Maidstone on their back veranda overlooking the pool. Juicy hamburgers, tender BBQ chicken breast, cole slaw, potato salad, chocolate chip cookies, and fresh watermelon got everyone fueled up for the upcoming tournament.
The competition itself had a 1pm shotgun start. It was very exciting to watch the two long rows of golf carts take off to their starting tees. Shortly after, the videographers and I took off in carts of our own to the famed 14th tee box. This is agreeably the most beautiful spot on the course. Set up on a little hill with a panoramic view of the water, this was the perfect place to photograph the majority of the teams despite a little rain on and off. A little side game of “Beat the Pro” was going on up there too. It was fun to watch “the pro,” Jason, hit the green over and over again while the teams tried to get their ball closer to the hole!
I got to see a few more areas of the golf course when Gretchen Tibbitts came to cart me around. It was a lot of fun to watch one of Ann’s teammates birdie a hole and to see Tommy John hit out of a sand trap!
“It was a fabulous day for a great cause and I thank all of our golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers who made it so special,” says Liguori, sports talk show host/author/producer and President of the Ann Liguori Foundation. “Maidstone Golf Club does an excellent job and I couldn’t be more pleased. It was a great day!”
Following the tournament, cocktails and hors d’ouerves were served in the clubhouse while guests perused the silent auction items. Dinner was soon served which included freshly carved prime rib au jus with horseradish sauce, salmon, roasted vegetables, orecchiette with a delicious carbonarra sauce, and desserts including key lime pie, carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake, brownies, cookies, and even ice cream!
This year’s dinner honoree was businessman Jim Halpin, CEO of Platinum Maintenance, for his continued commitment to the Ann Liguori Foundation as well as a variety of other charities.
“Ann is just a fantastic ambassador, and more leaders need to step up and help such charitable causes,” says Halpin. I was honored to have been presented the Businessman Award on behalf of her Foundation, for the charity work I believe in so diligently supporting.”
The Ann Liguori Foundation was established to raise money for cancer care and prevention. Through her Foundation, Ann has teamed up with nutrition expert Jill Jayne, who conducts educational and entertaining assemblies teaching young people about good nutrition and the important of exercise for over-all good health benefits. Jill Jayne’s next nutrition education assembly will be on Wednesday, July 11 from 2-3pm at the Future Stars Camp at Southampton Youth Services facility. For more information on how you can attend this assembly, contact the Ann Liguori Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.