By Jessica Easthope
The Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio 25th Annual Golf Classic looked very different than the event has in years past, in that before golfers checked in, they got their temperatures checked.
That and a COVID-19 waiver were two of the many safety precautions driving home the importance of safety at the event at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, Long Island.
Vincent LeVien is the Director of External Affairs for DeSales Media Group and the leader of the DeSales Media Emergency Task Force, which was honored at the golf classic for its work during the pandemic.
“We worked night and day for literally a few months straight helping Catholic Charities, the hospitals, the firefighters, police officers,” said LeVien.
The diocese has heroes of its own in the Task Force. LeVien said the work is just par for the course.
“To me it’s more about the team that risked their life everyday for me and for the church to help those in need and it really shows what the Catholic Church is all about,” LeVien said.
This year all proceeds from the golf outing are going to a cause that hits close to home for everyone in the Brooklyn Diocese.
“You see the despair in people’s eyes when we do these pop up food pantries when we give food out to people around our communities,” said former State Senator Marty Golden, who serves as the Vice President of Development and Fundraising for Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
Golden says the fundraiser is a hole-in-one for the organization that has given out more than 500,000 meals to those in need.
“This money is going to be spent wisely and it couldn’t come at a better time,” said Golden.
$100,000 was raised at the 25th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic, and it will all go toward helping Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continue its COVID-19 relief efforts.