$63,000 Raised for Community Programs at 17th Annual Catholic Charities Golf for Charity Outing

Goshen – Not even wet, soggy conditions and a rain delay could dampen the enthusiasm of Catholic Charities’ intrepid golfers at the recent 17th annual Golf for Charity outing hosted at West Hill Country Club in Middletown. The annual event raised $63,000 in support of Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster’s programs in the community, including emergency food and shelter assistance, addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery support, and immigration legal services.

The 2023 golf outing committee was chaired by Catholic Charities’ board member and Goshen resident, Tom Larsen, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Relations for Mediacom Communications.

“So much time and effort goes into the planning of our Golf for Charity Outing each year,” said Tom Larsen. “We didn’t want to let a little – or a lot of – rain keep us from a great day of golfing for a cause. We are so grateful to the West Hills team, our staff and volunteers, and the many golfers who braved the weather and stuck it out for a fun day, good food, and awesome prizes! Together, we raised much-needed funds to support Catholic Charities’ mission to provide help and create hope for our neighbors in need,” Larsen added.

Mediacom Communications Corp. signed on as the outing’s top sponsor. They were joined by other lead sponsors Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and EPIC Insurance Brokers. Armistead Mechanical sponsored the Golfer Gift that went to each participant. Other sponsors who added to the outing’s fundraising success included Bonura Hospitality Group, First Federal Savings of Middletown, Skip & Susan Tetz, Dana Distributors, John & Susan Boyle, Chartwell Strategy Group, Webster Bank, Resorts World, Ulster Savings Bank, We Ship Express, PKF O’Connor Davies, and Sullivan County Partnership. The hole-in-one contest was sponsored by Healey Brothers. On-course tastings were provided by Aspire Brewing, Dana Distributors, and Ice Capps. The refreshment cart was stocked by ShopRite Supermarkets, PopCorners, and Pepsi of the Hudson Valley.

Prizes were awarded during the post-golf festivities. Winning the top spot for women was the foursome of Mary Bonura, Jeannie Tomita, Lori Ransom, and Carla Mancino. Earning first place for men was the Chartwell Strategy Group foursome of David Tamasi, Richard Cignarella, Gus Steiger, and Gus Steiger Jr.

Mary Juliano and Joe Michulski were winners of the longest drive contest, and Janet Grahn and Joe Ferdullo earned top honors in the closest to the pin contest. All winners received gift certificates to the West Hills Pro Shop.

Thanks to generous donations, golfers went home with an abundance of great raffle items and prizes, including tickets to the NJ Devils and Army Football, wine, restaurant gift cards, golf gear, and more.

“This was certainly an outing to remember! We are grateful for the dedication, flexibility, patience, and, of course, generosity of everyone who spent the day with us,” said Shannon Kelly, CEO, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. “Each year, we assist thousands of individuals in need of care, hope, and help. The generous support from sponsors, tee sign advertisers, golfers, and volunteers makes it possible for us to provide a helping hand to those who are struggling with life’s challenges,” added Kelly.

Catholic Charities next fundraiser is the annual Goshen Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 2. Tickets will be on sale this fall at www.cccsos.org or by contacting Kristin Jensen at 845.294.5124, ext. 1005 / kristin.jensen@cccsos.org. Catholic Charities is currently recruiting for houses to be featured on the Tour which will offer INSIDE and OUTSIDE Lights options this year.


Cutline 1: The winning ladies foursome at Catholic Charities 17th annual Golf for Charity Outing included (l-r) Lori Ransom, Jeannie Tomita, Mary Bonura, and Carla Mancino.

Cutline 2: Tom Larsen (second from left) of Mediacom Communications served as Chair of Catholic Charities Golf Outing committee.

Cutline 3: Catholic Charities CEO Shannon Kelly (l) presented the prize to the first-place men’s foursome from Chartwell Strategy Group. Golfers Dave Tamasi (c) and Richard Cignarella (r) accepted on behalf of their team.