Monday, August 17, 2009

'Go for the Green' a Success! by Guest Blogger, Donna Rivera-Downey

On Monday, August 10th, Girl Scouts of Nassau County held its 25th annual “Go for the Green” Golf Outing. It always amazes me what golfers will endure for their sport. In the 9 years that I have been supporting this event, weather has always been a factor. If it is not hot, in the high 90’s, there is a chance of rain or the humidity is oppressive. Not to mention the freak hail storm we had last year. Yesterday was no exception. Still the golfers come!

Golfers are an interesting breed of athletes. What is so amazing is the passion that they bring with them. The passion for the game of golf and for the cause they are supporting. When I think about our honoree, Jim Adelis of Adelis International Security who brought his own brand of passion to GSNC Operation Cookie and then to the golf outing by accepting the role of honoree, I am overwhelmed.He then reached out to his family, friends and colleagues to support the event and the work of GSNC. Anthony Martillotti and Stephen Grieco of Amerisc Corp, the co- chairs of the event also bring their passion to our event.  They work so hard throughout the year to make the event a success. They rally their resources and bring their friends and colleagues to the event. They also showed by example how important the Girl Scout movement is to them by sponsoring a campership for girls, taking a sponsorship or reaching into their pockets to purchase additional raffle tickets. Not only that, they are already talking about how to make our event even better next year. They deserve a great big round of applause for all that they do.
I also think recognition is needed for each of the individual golfers who played with us.Some are invited as a guest of a corporate supporter while others come as individuals. All are generous, and recognize the work we do. Because of them 9 more girls will be able to go to camp next year. Because of them no girl will be turned away from Girl Scouting since the proceeds of this event offset our financial assistance program. They all deserve a great big THANK YOU

Donna Rivera-Downey is the Director, Marketing for Girl Scouts of Nassau County. She became a professional Girl Scout in 2001 after 22 years in retail banking. A life-long Girl Scout who volunteered her time as a Girl Scout Leader for her daughter. Donna is active in the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary and serve as a trustee on the board of the Hicksville Public Library and Public Relation Professional of Long Island.  

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