A Family Tradition Continues: Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival Benefits Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
For the 46th consecutive year, the Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival will benefit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, September 17 at the Bellport Country Club, and again is sponsored by the Patchogue Rotary Club. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck to provide hundreds of special-needs children and young adults with a unique summer respite experience. Rotary Club member Steve Fuoco serves as chairman for the tournament, along with a very active committee of Rotarians, family and friends.
Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a summer camp on the east end of Long Island serving children and young adults ages six to 21 with physical and developmental special needs. Its mission is to provide campers with a daily or sleepover experience inclusive of medical care, along with activities such as swimming, rowing, campfires and tending to an animal farm, all while developing lifelong friendships that they may otherwise never have the opportunity to enjoy.
The Fuoco family has a longstanding connection with Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck as Beth Ann Fuoco-Santos attended the camp for many years. To this day, the Fuoco family continues to be involved in the camp, with Steve Fuoco as President of the Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Patrons Group. In addition, Steve’s children Katy Fuoco-Hill and Jimmy Fuoco assist in running key operations of the Golf Feastival.
Since 1969, the Fuoco Memorial has donated nearly $1,300,000 to the camp, and built a 13-bed dormitory for the campers. This year’s honorees are Marcella Weiss and the memory of her sister, Marie Frey, who were the founders of the popular “Spooky Walk,” which has raised over $1.5 million for the camp to date. As co-owner of Kurt Weiss Greenhouses in Center Moriches, Mrs. Weiss and her family continue to donate supplies and manpower to the camp.
Unique to this tournament are the nine “Feastivals” presented throughout the course. Various Italian “Feastival Stands” will offer meatballs, clams, pasta, wine, an Italian kitchen, seafood, a Caribbean Tiki Bar, gourmet pizza, craft beer tasting, an Italian Gourmet Deli, Zeppolas and Cannolis. In addition, there is a contest for Longest Drive or Closest to the Pin on every hole. There is also a Hit the Green challenge on every par 3 and 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. The cost for golf is $500 per person. To attend only the cocktail hour and dinner at 5 p.m., the cost is $150.
For more information about the Fuoco Memorial, please contact Steve Fuoco, at (631) 650-4032 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.