To the editor: The Friends of Dave Pirro thank you

As 2010 comes to a close, the Friends of Dave Pirro send a heartfelt thank you and wishes for a happy holiday season to the many supporters and contributors of this organization.

2011 will mark the seventh golf tournament named in memory of Dave Pirro whose untimely and tragic death brought forth this charitable event at the bequest of his father, Mike Pirro, of Solvay. Since that first tournament in 2005, over $170,000 has been raised to benefit local charities and organizations, including the Skaneateles and Marcellus food pantries, Vincent House, Skaneateles and Solvay high school scholarships, Vera House, SAVES, CNY Food Bank, Enable, Elmcrest Children's Center and After the Ball... just to name a few. Countless other local organizations and individuals have received financial assistance from this annual golf tournament, which is held every year at the Skaneateles Country Club. A single mother with small children was provided with a desperately needed new fuel tank for their house, the Presbyterian Manor received funding to build a new porch, various children received summer tutoring or a stay at a summer camp, a child who could not afford preschool tuition was provided with a scholarship, and several families will experience the magic of Christmas with our support to the Skaneateles Outreach Holiday Basket Program.

Many families face medical setbacks, which result in financial and personal hardships, and assistance was provided for medical bills, insurance premiums or a much deserved family vacation. Two brothers suffering from Cerebral Palsy required surgery out of state and travel expenses incurred by the family were taken care of. A severely handicapped 6-year-old girl now has the help of a guide/service dog.

Dave's altruistic spirit continues because of the unending support and actions of so many in our community. Similar to Dave's "pay it forward" attitude, the Marcellus Girl's Soccer Team was provided with financial assistance this past Spring so they could travel to New Orleans to help build houses for those still displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

During this holiday season we remember Dave Pirro for his selfless generosity and good will and we wish all of our community a very happy and healthy new year.

Andrea Corona

Board Member, Friends of Dave Pirro

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