At last year's Todd's Fund Banquet, the late Todd Pitman's sister, Erica Sedberry, asked the gathering to consider bringing a friend next year. Fast forward to Sept. 11, 2010, almost a decade after the terrorist attack that brought down the World Trade Center and ended Pitman's life, and the Skaneateles based charity event held each year in Todd's memory was extremely well attended.
"The number of people at golf and dinner this year showed that they took what Erica said to heart because our numbers were up," said Gail Calloway, Todd's Fund President.
The weather also cooperated, upping the 18 holes of golfing pleasure at Dutch Hollow Country Club with more foursomes than 2009. The winning team included Todd's lifelong best friend Gary Gerst, Dave Miller, Mike Major and Tim Ross.
If the Chamber of Commerce ever added up the donations by members and other local merchants each year, residents would probably be shocked by the yearly total of goods and services that flow back into the community.
"The merchants are amazing and they always come through for us in a big way," Calloway said. This isn't just auction items, but "new this year, Nature's Chemistry in Mottville supplied us with samples of their milled Chi seed, 'Running Food.' We put this in the golfer's goody bags. It was a nice surprise from a new company in Skaneateles."
Dinner at the Club
The dinner reception that was held at the Skaneateles Country Club (not a members' only evening) was also well attended, which is surprising in these tough economic times, but also points toward the generosity in this community as Todd's Fund proceeds are used to help CNY children in need in the spirit of Todd's generous spirit.
Gerst echoes Calloway in the amount of new faces attending the event and contributing to the fund. The numbers aren't in yet, but it is estimated that $20,000 was raised at the Skaneateles event.