Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
CMA’s 15th Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament raised over $310,000, their highest gross to date.
Honoree James C. Romanelli, senior vice president with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, began his speech by saying, “Today, when I look out across the room, I see people committed to working together to try and help Long Island be a better place to live, to help those who are less fortunate, less able, or have been challenged with less than perfect health. At a time rife with financial turmoil, imploding economies, rising unemployment, the housing market suffering terribly and shrinking personal wealth, everyone who supported today’s effort reaffirms the belief that even in the toughest of times we can pull together to support our community.”
Led by co-chairs Mark Engel, Gerry Levy and Jerry Pinsky, this two-day tournament presented an opportunity for many key business leaders in the Long Island, Bronx, and Manhattan area to spend a day of leisure, playing golf or tennis to help a great cause.
Community Mainstreaming Associates, Inc. (CMA) is a private, not-for-profit organization providing residential, vocational and case management services to men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CMA’s goal is to help the men and women they serve, reach their highest potential of independence and lead purposeful lives in their communities.
A very special award was presented at the tournament. CMA’s “High Gross” Award celebrates and honors the memory of Bob Kipnes, a friend of CMA who was also a founding tournament member. Joseph Caracappa and Arnold Waldman were the proud recipients of this very special award for their unselfish dedication and commitment to men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
For a fifth year in a row, CBS Coverage Group, Inc. sponsored the tournament.