Anthony Taormina, Jr., vice president of operations for Rose Mechanical in Hauppauge, is the guest of honor at the annual Geraldo Rivera Golf Classic at The Creek Club golf course in Locust Valley on Thursday, May 11th. The yearly fundraising event will benefit nonprofit Life’s WORC and The Family Center For Autism.
“We know that the Taormina family’s longtime love of golf, as they have played at many of Long Island’s courses and country clubs, will translate into an outpouring of support for our event at The Creek Club,” explains Life’s WORC/FCA Assistant Executive Director Matthew Zebatto.
Anthony Taormina, Sr. has enjoyed his whole career in Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning as a successful vendor and contractor. After his first company was acquired, Anthony Taormina, senior and junior, launched Rose Mechanical about 15 years ago. Rose is a regional market leader, with a variety of HVAC services covering all sectors: high-end residential, industrial, commercial, high-rise professional office buildings and multi-unit housing, including new construction, renovation, rehabilitation, and 24/7 emergency services.
The Taorminas are known for their work in design, installation, and integration of HVAC systems, working with contractors, architects and engineers.
Born in Smithtown, Anthony, Jr., attended C. W. Post College of Long Island University. He holds several industry certifications including: Johnson Controls PCT/Building Automation, and Niagara Ax HVAC/Building Integration. With respect to golf, Anthony, Jr., started taking lessons at age 6, and played on the varsity team at Smithtown High School. Anthony, Jr., has worked as an assistant pro at Huntington Country Club. He is the current Club Champion at Nissequogue Golf Club.
“It is exciting for me to be able to lead the May 11th fundraiser for developmental disabilities and autism,” said Anthony, Jr., who has played in some 30 Long Island tournaments and competitions. “The Taormina Family and Rose Mechanical are committed to making this event a beautiful day. I urge all my friends and associates who love golf to please join us.”
Life’s WORC began 46 years ago through the efforts of Queens Courier newspaper publisher/editor Victoria Schneps with help from broadcast journalist icon Geraldo Rivera, who brought national media scrutiny to Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. By exposing the cruel, inhumane treatment the developmentally disabled population suffered at this institution, Rivera’s reporting ignited a public policy movement to improve their quality of life.
Today, Life’s WORC and The Family Center For Autism operate a variety of treatment programs and a network of 42 group residences, providing for the needs of some 1,400 people through the efforts of some 600 employees.