The Rotary Club of Patchogue Honors Bridgehampton National Bank at 45th Annual Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival

Thursday, September 25, 2014

(Center Moriches, New York) — On September 18, The Rotary Club of Patchogue and the Fuoco family hosted the 45th Annual Fuoco Memorial Golf Feastival at Bellport Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefitted Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, which serves special-needs children and young adults ages 6 to 21. Throughout the history of this golf outing, more than $1.2 million has been donated to support the camp.

One hundred forty-four golfers took part in the outing, which honored Bridgehampton National Bank. Established in 1910, BNB employs nearly 300 people and has 27 branches throughout Long Island, with lending offices in Riverhead and New York City. BNB offers banking programs designed to help both commercial and individual customers meet their financial needs. The bank has also supported Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck through financial donations and volunteer hours. Kevin O’Connor, CEO/President, Bridgehampton National Bank, accepted the award on behalf of the bank.

Other guest speakers included Maureen Mennella, President, Rotary Club of Patchogue; Laura Dunathan, Board Member, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck; and Dawn Gaudiello, whose son Ricky attends the camp.

Golfers were treated to various “Food Feastivals” that were offered throughout the course, including an Italian ice stand; pasta bar and wine tasting; Italian figs, grapes and fruits; clams on the half shell; the famous “Italian Gourmet Deli”; a homemade zeppoli and cannoli stand, and a micro-beer tasting tent.

Every hole had a contest for “Longest Drive” or “Closest to the Pin,” as well as a “Hit-The-Green Challenge” on every par 3. In addition, there was a prize for a hole-in-one, courtesy of Brown’s Jeep Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat. The round of golf was followed by a cocktail hour, a buffet dinner, a grand raffle, and silent auction.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck also holds special meaning to the Fuoco family. Steve’s sister, Beth Ann, attended the camp between the ages of 3 and 21. While she attended the camp, their father regularly donated money to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. In 1969, the Fuoco family established its inaugural Fuoco Memorial Golf Festival.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp serving children and young adults ages 6-21 with both physical and developmental special needs. Its mission is to help these children to achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education. Throughout the program, campers participate in many activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cook-outs, swimming and boating.

For more information about Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, or to make a donation, call (631) 878-1070 or visit www.camppaquatuck.com.