Golf Committee Co-Chair Jeff Greenfield; honoree Anthony Ponte; South Nassau CEO Rich Murphy; honoree Bill Ulrich; Golf Committee Co-Chair Tony Cancellieri. Photo by Bruce Adler

About 500 golfers helped raise nearly $600,000 for South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 35th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 20.

The outing was billed as the most successful event of its kind in the hospital’s 90-year history, selling out three courses, setting a new record for the annual outing, surpassing last year’s record by 25 percent.  All proceeds raised benefit the hospital’s Emergency Department’s Expansion Campaign. The ER serves nearly 70,000 patients a year across the southern tier of Nassau County.

Atlantic Beach resident and real estate management executive Anthony Ponte and South Nassau’s longtime facility management vice president Bill Ulrich were co-honorees of the outing, which was held at three of Long Island’s most prestigious and challenging venues: The Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor; Rockway Hunting Club in Lawrence; and Rockville Links Club in Rockville Centre. 

“We are very grateful to the community for supporting the much-needed expansion of our Emergency Department,” said South Nassau President & CEO, Richard J. Murphy. “Our Golf Committee, the co-chairs, our honorees and the Development team all did a fantastic job.”

South Nassau’s Development team and board leadership reinvigorated the outing several years ago with formation of a new golf committee co-chaired by Tony Cancellieri, Vice  Chairman of South Nassau’s board of directors, and Jeffrey Greenfield, a member of South Nassau’s Advisory Board and managing member, NGL Group, LLC. 

“The success of this event shows the deep community support that exists for South Nassau and for the planned improvement of the emergency room,” said Cancellieri, who also volunteers his time and expertise as head of South Nassau board’s buildings committee. “People care about this hospital and they are willing to come out and devote their time and their dollars to help make this renovation of the ER happen.”

Reconstruction of the Emergency Department is already underway and groundbreaking for a new Southwest wing of the hospital is expected to take place next year, allowing for the doubling of the size of the ER at the Oceanside campus. The new ER will feature dedicated areas for behavioral health and pediatric emergencies.

Mr. Ponte and Mr. Ulrich were honored at an evening barbeque at The Seawane Club after the golf outing. The reception was attended by a number of local leaders, including Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman, Rockville Centre Mayor Eugene Murray, Malverne Mayor Keith Corbett, Island Park Mayor Mike McGinty and former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato.

Mr. Ponte, a past president of Atlantic Beach Estates, was acknowledged for his community leadership and dedication to South Nassau as a member of the hospital’s buildings committee. He was appointed to South Nassau’s board of directors in October 2017. 

Mr. Ulrich’s more than 40 years of service to the hospital in a variety of key leadership positions and his oversight of the current expansion projects were celebrated by the attendees, which included many of his co-workers.

RVC Mayor Fran Murray; Malverne Mayor Keith Corbett; Wendy Ponte; honoree Anthony Ponte; honoree Bill Ulrich; Ethel Ulrich; TOH Supervisor Laura Gillen; Island Park Mayor Mike McGinty. Photo by Bruce Adler
Golf Committee Co-Chair Jeff Greenfield; Board Chairman Joseph Fennessy; honoree Anthony Ponte; Golf Committee Co-Chair Tony Cancellieri. Photo by Bruce Adler
Nash Roe; Joan MacNaughton; honoree Anthony Ponte; Oceanville Mason President Marty Bevilacqua.
Photo by Bruce Adler
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