Middletown, NY – The Paul Rickard Memorial Scholarship held its first annual golf outing on Monday, June 4th at West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY. Through registration fees, sponsorships, personal contributions, raffles and a silent auction the golf outing raised over $71,000. The Paul Rickard Memorial Scholarship supports tuition assistance to local students looking to continue their academic and athletic careers at SUNY Orange.
“We could not have pulled this off without the support of SUNY Orange Athletic Director Wayne Smith, SUNY Orange Alumni Relations Coordinator Mary Roth and SUNY Orange Foundation Executive Director Dr. Russell Hammond. With their help, we were able to navigate our way to a successful first year while avoiding the typical pitfalls of organizing an event of this size.” said Tom Rickard who spearheaded organizing the event. “Having SUNY Orange’s support in hosting the event was a big confidence boost making sure we had all of our i’s dotted and t’s crossed.”
122 golfers hit the course in an effort to show their support. This year’s outing included a scramble format with a longest drive contest, four hole-in-one contests, a hit the green contest, a closest to the pin contest and a putting contest. In addition to the golfers on the course, over 50 friends and colleagues shared a night out of cocktails, hors d’oeuvers and most importantly great memories. Through the generous support of various individuals, companies and organizations the golfers and diners were able to take home great gifts and prizes.
Connor Broesler, Sean Broesler, Victor Porro and Matt Biehle were the leading foursome on the day with a round of 16 under par. They each took home a gift certificate to the West Hill Country Club Pro Shop. The hole-in-one contests were sponsored by Marvix Motor Sports with prizes consisting of a set of Calloway irons, a 2019 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon, airline trip to the destination of the golfer’s choice and a flat screen TV. The closest to the pin and long drive contests were sponsored by Jack Grace USA. The winners, Brendan Walters(closest to pin), Stacy Morris(women’s longest drive) and Dagan Nelson(men’s longest drive), took home a pair of Jack Grace USA golf shoes and saddles. The putting contest was sponsored by SwitchGrips USA. The winner, Joe Rickard, took home a putter from SwitchGrip USA’s upcoming putter product line.
The raffles consisted of a slew of great gifts. Winners took home athletic oriented prizes such as Army football and Yankee tickets, golf foursomes at High Point Country Club and Stony Ford Golf Club, a Voice Caddy VC200 Golf GPS, Allagash Brewing hiking gear, SUNY Orange athletic gear and Stony Brook University athletics gear. While other winners took home Bashakill Vineyards wine, Black Dirt Distillery bourbon, Bottoms Up Restaurant and Cut Above Salon gift certificates, and “Welcome Home” baby gift set.
The silent auction was a huge success and included signed sports memorabilia from Phil Michelson, Derek Jeter, Keegan Bradley, Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, George Gervin and the 1986-1987 Lakers starting five. It also included a two night stay at Okemo Mountain and a night out at Equus Restaurant – Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown, NY.
The outing also had great product donations to enhance the on the course experience. These donations were generously provided by Hoist Rapid Hydration, Super Coffee, Dana Distributers, Allagash Brewing Company, Newburgh Brewing Company and STEP Visual Communications.
Dan Rickard was the MC for the evening which included keynote speeches from Bob Turner and Dr. Russell Hammond.
Bob Turner first began working with Paul back in 1978 at Pine Bush High School where they set the foundation for a lifelong friendship. Bob was an assistant coach at SUNY Orange from 1981-1985 before running his own basketball program at John S. Burke Catholic High School. Bob coached the Girls’ basketball team for 25 years. He won 373 games, nine Section IX titles, 16 OCIAA division and league championships, and the 1997 State Class C and Federation titles. For his efforts, he was awarded the Times Herald Record Coach of the Year award four times and was eventually inducted to the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
Dr. Russell Hammond has over 30 years of educational fundraising experience. Dr. Hammond has worked with SUNY Orange since 2007 where he was the Capital Campaign Director for the college. In 2011, he become Executive Director of the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors. Throughout his time at the college he has assisted in raising over $100 million. Most importantly he completed his objective of strengthening the relationship between SUNY Orange and the SUNY Orange Foundation. After a successful career in higher education, Dr. Hammond is set to retire in November.
The Rickard Family is truly humbled by the outpouring of support for the event. “SUNY Orange has been an integral part of our father’s life for the past 36 years. It is great knowing that even after his death he has support from the SUNY Orange community and we can continue supporting the college in his name. The outpouring of support and generosity would have moved him greatly.”
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at next year’s outing on Monday June 3rd at West Hills Country Club.