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Brianne Briggs, Ryan Dempsey, Paul Magro, Nassau County Leg. Joshua Lafazan, and Terrie Magro. (Photo by Ed Shin)

By Tammy Severino

A full course of golfers converged onto the green at Cold Spring Country Club on June 10 in support of the Michael Magro Foundation and to enjoy a great round of golf. The day was a resounding success, raising a remarkable $290,000 for Long Island’s beloved charity that helps families with a child battling cancer or other catastrophic illness.

The energy was high from supporters of the foundation and honoree, Ryan Dempsey, who, when receiving his award, shared his deep passion for the foundation.

“This is a great room with great people,” Dempsey said. “Michael Magro Foundation means the world to me. I have known the Magros my whole life and am proud to be a part of helping to meet the mission. I am humbled by this honor.”

Dempsey, managing partner of East End Group, was presented with his award from the foundation along with a special citation from Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan. In his remarks, Lafazan noted Dempsey’s important work.

“Ryan is engaging the next generation of philanthropists on Long Island. He leads by example in how to care for our most vulnerable,” Lafazan said, further noting the importance of getting people into the habit of supporting nonprofits early on.

Guests were delighted to safely come together in the main ballroom for dinner and a return performance by Long Island comedian Chris Monty. He noted it was “good to start getting back to normal … performing in front of live audiences once again” and that this is a cause close to his heart, having lost his mother to cancer several years ago.

Terrie Magro, co-founder and vice president of Michael Magro Foundation, expressed her gratitude to everyone involved in the event.

“Paul, Marc and I are so grateful,” she said. “We had a glorious day on a beautiful golf course, with the most remarkable friends – old and new – who came to support the work of the foundation. Our sponsors, board, golf committee, and volunteers all outdid themselves with this simply perfect day. And, of course, our honoree, Ryan, is simply fantastic. His support and enthusiasm were critical to today’s success.”

The 2021 outing was sponsored by: East End Group, the Event Sponsor; PRIMI Italian Steakhouse, Priority Payment Systems, and UtilizeCore, the Dinner Sponsors; as well as A1 Group, Champion Elevator, Clear Brook, DVM Industries, East Coast Energy Group, Elite Studios, Grassi, Green Art Kitchen, Bath & Home, Greenblatt Agulnick Kremin P.C., Gutterman’s Funeral Homes, Howard Shapiro & Associates, Hooks & Chops, I’m Not Done Yet Foundation, Infinity Drain, Kaufman Dolowich Voluck, Max Security USA, Paul Meringolo, Mortgage Wealth Advisors, NSE Windows, Outside Unlimited Landscape Contractors, Karen & Jay Shapiro, Signature Premier Properties, and Total Fire Protection.

Information about the 2022 event will be available on the organization’s website as it becomes available.

Michael Magro Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Paul and Terrie Magro to honor the life of their son Michael, who died of leukemia at age 13. The foundation works with the Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Langone Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Cancer Division, and other NYU, Cohen’s, and Stony Brook pediatric facilities where treatment of chronic diseases is ongoing, as well as with children’s hospitals throughout Florida.

Calls for assistance during the pandemic have resulted in the expansion of the foundation’s footprint to several states across the nation. Core programs offered are Life Essentials, helping families struggling financially during their child’s treatment with non-medical expenses; Project SOAR, providing support for childhood cancer patients, families, students and teachers when the child returns to school following a long illness; and Bonding With Baby, helping siblings of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) communicate and bond. In partnership with The Spencer Foundation, the foundation also offers Operation Playcation, an initiative providing inpatient pediatric hospital patients with new PlayStation units and games.

For more information on the Michael Magro Foundation, or to support the Foundation with a tax-deductible contribution, visit michaelmagrofoundation.com or email info@michaelmagrofoundation.com.

Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan, left, presents honoree Ryan Dempsey with his award and a citation from the county. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Terrie Magro, co-founder and vice president of Michael Magro Foundation, and Ryan Dempsey, honoree, present a certificate of appreciation to Scott Agulnick, partner at Greenblatt Agulnick Kremin P.C. for the firm’s ongoing commitment to the foundation. (Photo by Ed Shin)
James Funfgeld and Nassau County Leg. Joshua Lafazan. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Mark Magro, James Manicone, Terri Magro and Ryan Dempsey. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Fred Severino, Tammy Severino, Nassau County Leg. Joshua Lafazan, Terri Magro, and Paul Magro. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Patricia Balestras and Chris Tombline. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Bobby Ross. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Megan Smith winning a raffle golf bag. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Comedian Chris Monty entertaining the guests. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Cocktail Sponsor DVM Industries. (Photo by Ed Shin)
4th Annual Michael Magro Foundation Golf Outing at the Cold Spring Country Club. (Photo by Ed Shin)
4th Annual Michael Magro Foundation Golf Outing at the Cold Spring Country Club. (Photo by Ed Shin)
4th Annual Michael Magro Foundation Golf Outing at the Cold Spring Country Club. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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