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North Hills Softball Game Benefits Mill Neck Family

Yankees great Whitey Ford among the participants

The North Hills Country Club (NHCC), home of recent Spring Swing Invitational Golf Tournaments hosted by the Mill Neck Family of Organizations (MN), held their second annual Softball Game this summer at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury. The two successful events had commonalities–both honored and were held in memory of longtime supporter, country club member and avid sports fanatic Billy Donnelly, and both benefitted the organizations he loved.

Led by fellow NHCC member Scott Raffa (of Encore Events), this summer, the softball game had a vast turnout of enthusiasts and players, including President Dominick Salzano, who manned second base the entire game, and Hall of Fame New York Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford, who actively participated in the day’s festivities.

“Both Mr. Salzano and Mr. Ford threw out balls to start the game culminating with an 18-15 win for the president’s team. The camaraderie was tremendous and there were smiles the whole day…with a little pain the next!” said Raffa.

“Billy would have been so proud, so honored, to have known about this game. He was an unbelievable guy…he would have been the first to sign up!” said Salzano. Nancy Leghart, director of advancement for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, agrees. “Billy made everyone feel like a million dollars. He was everyone’s best friend,” she said of her sorely missed comrade. “And as North Hills likes to give back, this event was so fitting,” added Raffa.

The softball game, held two days after the Spring Swing, benefitted the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, a nonprofit group dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people who are deaf, or who have other special needs, through excellence in individually designed educational, vocational or spiritual programs and services. “Billy Donnelly was smiling down on us…and I know he would have been proud of his many friends who participated,” said Raffa.

A game highlight was a 50/50 raffle, with Kevin Bordeman winning the jackpot of $1,500. The winner readily donated his entire winnings to MN in Billy’s name. Additionally, North Hills supplied food and beverages, as did H & O Beer with a drink donation. The Mill Neck Family of Organizations wishes to thank the North Hills Country Club for their generous offering and the Donnelly and Giordano families for their friendship and support.

For more information about the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, call 922-4100 or visit For more information about the North Hills Country Club, call 627-9100 or visit