Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00
The Mill Neck Family of Organizations hosted their 6th annual Spring Swing Invitational Golf Tournament on June 14, at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset. Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures made a perfect day to tee off and to kick-off the “Restoring Hope, Building Dreams” campaign for Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center (ECC). Part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, the ECC provides early and intensive assistance to children, ages 3 and 4, who may have deficits in speech, language/ communication, cognitive and gross and fine motor development. This year’s Spring Swing proceeds will assist in funding the planned $800,000 much-needed building renovation project in order to upgrade and enhance the ECC’s internal structure and functionality.
Before teeing off, golfers had an opportunity to meet with Bud Harrelson, who made an appearance during brunch. The former shortstop, who played with the New York Mets during their legendary 1969 World Series Championship, graciously signed autographs and related his personal connection to deafness. Harrelson, current co-owner of the Long Island Ducks and member of the coaching staff, explained that a cousin in his father’s family was deaf.
Additionally, Harrelson’s mother was a sign language interpreter at church services. As a result, there were, he said, “Lots of deaf people coming to my house.”
The sports personality went on to commend the Mill Neck organization for its lengthy history of service to the deaf community and the scope of services provided today.
Following brunch, golfers enjoyed a day on the course, golf challenges and refreshments. Many, along with non-golfers, gathered in the dining room after the tournament for cocktails and the champions’ dinner. Raffles, silent auction, golfer awards and recognition of honorees were all part of this memorable evening.
In addition to specialized services for 3 and 4 year olds with special needs, the Early Childhood Center also provides full evaluations of preschool children suspected of having developmental delays. Most children who attend the program graduate and attend kindergarten in their home school districts. For more information about the Early Childhood Center, please call 922-4100, ext. 276, or visit http://www.millneck.org.