Raises $408K for childhood cancer foundation
Golfers came together on Oct. 26 to enjoy a great day of end-of-season play and benefit the Hicksville-based Michael Magro Foundation (MMF), Long Island’s charity working to help families with a child battling cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. With social distancing in place and MMF masks on their faces, 117 golfers took to the course at Cold Spring Country Club to raise an astounding $408,000 for this important cause.
The foundation has raised more than $2 million for pediatric specialty programs.
Many of the day’s participants were there to support honoree Tony Magro, senior managing director of Evercore, where he leads the corporate advisory business. Magro, uncle to Michael Magro, spoke from his heart.
“So many of you have been so dedicated and so loyal to this cause while I have been a distant observer and supporter. I am humbled,” he said, and reminisced of days spent with Michael, whose kindness and gentleness of soul are reflected in the Foundation. He honored Michael’s parents, Paul and Terrie Magro, who have dedicated their lives to helping families in crisis.
Dinner guests, spread across several tented outdoor spaces, were treated to a performance by Long Island comedian Chris Monty. While the laughter he elicited was contagious, the sentiment behind his interest in the Foundation was poignant. Monty noted, “I work with cancer organizations because I lost my mom seven years ago after her second fight [with the disease]. I’m honoring her memory by doing this.”
Toward the end of the evening, Tom Alini was spotted saying goodbye to Terrie Magro. Owner of Ticket Time, an online ticket purchasing site. Alini and his family were aided by the MMF when his young son was diagnosed with leukemia.
“I am truly heartened at the number of people who came out during COVID-19 for such a tremendous cause,” he said. “Small foundations like Michael Magro Foundations are the ones really working with families. Large organizations are working toward important treatments and cures, and that’s really important. But within three months of my son’s diagnosis, when my wife and I were really in crisis, Terrie Magro came to us and helped make us whole. We are forever grateful.”
Alini’s company is donating 30 percent of all ticket sales mentioning the MMF to help families in need. Visit www.tickettimeusa.com for more information.
The 2020 outing was sponsored by event sponsor East End Group, dinner sponsor Priority Payment Systems, as well as A1 Roofing, Colton Enterprises LLC, DVM Industries, Greenblatt Agulnick, Gutterman’s Funeral Homes, Howard I. Shapiro & Associates, Hooks & Chops, Investors Bank, Kaufman Dolowich Voluck, Dan & Natalia Levy, Mortgage Wealth Advisors, PyroSignal & Suppression, Inc., ReDirect, and Total Fire Protection.
About The Foundation
The 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 passed away from leukemia at the age of 13. The Foundation works with the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Cancer Division, and other Winthrop and Stony Brook pediatric specialties where treatment of chronic diseases is ongoing, as well as with the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Southwest Florida. The 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 patient returns to school following long illnesses); 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 organization has added Operation Playcation, an initiative to provide inpatient pediatric hospital patients with Playstation 4 units and an array of gaming choices.
Information on the 2021 event will be available on the organization’s website as it becomes available. For more information, or to make a contribution, visit www.michaelmagrofoundation.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Magro was a 13-year-old seventh grade student at Hicksville Middle School in Hicksville when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He passed away within months of that diagnosis. Michael loved life, his family and friends. He smiled a lot and was considered a peacemaker with a zest for life and a passion for lacrosse and music; he cared more for others than he did for himself. Mike may not have been the best at everything but whatever he did, he gave it his all and never gave up. During his illness, his remarkable courage and strength were an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
—Submitted by Tammy Severino