47th Annual Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival Is Par for the Course for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
Event Honorees Include Partners from Rizzi, Schwarz and Tarakas, LLP
BELLPORT, NEW YORK — For the past 47 years, members of the Fuoco family have come together to organize and host the Annual Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival, benefitting Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. This year’s event, which is once again being held at the Bellport Country Club, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 15.
Located on the east end of Long Island, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a place of summer and weekend respite for children and young adults ages six to 21 with physical and developmental special needs. Its mission is to provide campers with a welcoming and encouraging environment inclusive of medical care, along with activities such as swimming, singing, campfires and tending to an animal farm, all while developing invaluable lifelong friendships that they may otherwise never have the opportunity to enjoy. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck’s most popular sessions are over the summer, but it does offer fall and spring sessions as well.
Fuoco Golf Feastival Chairman Steve Fuoco, President of the Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Patrons Group, along with two of his children, Katy Fuoco-Hill and Jimmy Fuoco, assist in running key operations of the tournament, along with an active committee of family, fellow Rotarians and friends. The Fuoco family’s longstanding connection with Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck began with Steve’s sister, Beth Ann Fuoco-Santos’, attendance at the camp for many years. To this day, the Fuoco family continues to be involved with the camp, annually organizing the Memorial Golf Feastival, which has raised nearly $1.5 million in support of the camp.
This year’s honorees are the partners of the law firm Rizzi, Schwarz and Tarakas, LLP, who have been supporters of the Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival for many years due to the friendship between event founder Buddy Fuoco and the firm’s founding partner, Vitro Rizzi. After Rizzi’s passing, his colleagues and surviving firm partners, Robert Schwarz, Janice Taraskas and Helen Butera, have continued his legacy of providing a steadfast commitment to community and volunteerism.
As with previous outings, several Italian-themed Feastival Stands are presented throughout the course featuring meatballs and clams, pasta and wine, an Italian kitchen, an oyster bar, an Italian Gourmet Deli, Zeppolas and Cannolis, sausage and peppers and gourmet pizza and craft beer. As is standard practice, there will once again be a contest for Longest Drive or Closest to the Pin on every hole, as well as a Hit the Green challenge on every par 3, a putting contest on the 19th hole and a hole-in-one prize car, courtesy of Brown’s Automotive Group. The event will conclude with a cocktail hour and dinner buffet, followed by a program and awards ceremony.
Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and tee-off time starts at 10 a.m. Though early reservations have already filled all of the available golfing spots, event organizers are taking names for a waitlist, dinner reservations and several sponsorship options are available on the Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival Website, www.fuocogolf.com.
For more information about the Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival, please contact Steve Fuoco, at (631) 650-4032 or visit www.fuocogolf.com. For more information on Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, call (631) 878-1070, or visit www.camppaquatuck.com.
Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck was created by members of the Moriches Rotary Club in 1946. Located on the shores of Kaler's Pond on eastern Long Island, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is funded primarily by donations and is a special place where children with physical and developmental disabilities can experience first-hand the pleasures that an active life has to offer. Children participate in a wide range of activities especially designed for youngsters who are in wheelchairs as well as those who are ambulatory. These activities include swimming, boating, arts and crafts, petting zoo, talent shows, cookouts, games and a Carnival Day. The program also provides educational activities in areas such as nature, arts, fire safety and communication skills.