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					33rd Annual Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic with NY Giants
Quarterback Eli Manning Tees Off June 14th
NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning returns in 2010 with the country’s best blind golfers to host
Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s 33rd Annual Golf Classic on Sunday, June 13 and Monday, June 14.
Last year 260 golfers teed off, raising more than $400,000 for the organization. Guiding Eyes, an
internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school headquartered in Yorktown Heights, each
year holds the Classic at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, NY and Mount Kisco Country Club in
Mount Kisco, NY – two of the region’s favorite and most challenging courses.
(PRWEB) April 10, 2010 -- NY Giants Quarterback Eli Manning returns in 2010 with the country’s best blind
golfers to host Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s 33rd Annual Golf Classic on Sunday, June 13 and Monday, June 14.
Last year 260 golfers teed off, raising more than $400,000 for the organization. Guiding Eyes, an internationally
accredited nonprofit guide dog school headquartered in Yorktown Heights, each year holds the Classic at
Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, NY and Mount Kisco Country Club in Mount Kisco, NY – two of the region’s
favorite and most challenging courses.



 Founded by PGA legend Ken Venturi in 1977, Guiding Eyes’ Golf Classic has raised over $7 million since its
inception and is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser. The event remains a perennial favorite with a unique
combination of intrepid athleticism and a champion celebrity quarterback.

 As part of the Classic, Guiding Eyes will present the Corcoran Cup, the “Masters” of blind golf, on Sunday, June
13. Named for the late Fred J. Corcoran, the prestigious Cup is a testament to Corcoran’s dedication to the sport.
Fourteen top U.S. Blind Golfers Association (USBGA) players from around the country will compete for the
coveted award. Each blind golfer plays with a coach who aids in club selection, alignment, setup, and distances.
On Monday, blind golfers will challenge their sighted counterparts to experience golf as a visually impaired
person by inviting them to take a shot at hitting the ball blindfolded.

 2009 Corcoran Cup Champion David Meador of Nashville, TN, and Cribari Trophy recipient Jim Baker, also of
Nashville, will return to compete in 2010. Also on the roaster are George Pilz (of King of Prussia, PA), who
received the Joe Spoonster Trophy in 2009 for most improved player, and Dick Pomo (of Green Valley, AZ),
winner of the McFarland Trophy. Additional top ranked blind golfers invited to participate in this year’s Corcoran
Cup are: Ron Murner (of Wellington, OH), Ron Derry (of Baltimore, OH), Mike Mercado (of Albany, NY),
Sheila Drummond (of Lehighton, PA), William McMahon (of Framingham, MA), Ted Fass (of Rockville Centre,
NY), Patrick Browne, Jr. (of New Orleans, LA), John Casolo (of Waterbury, CT), and Geoff Bull (of Kalamazoo,
MI).

 Special guest Judy Corcoran, daughter of Fred Corcoran, will join the golfers on Sunday to share stories of her
father’s remarkable achievements from her book, Fred Corcoran: The Man Who Sold The World on Golf. A
former PGA tournament manager, Fred Corcoran is credited with taking the sport from a minor curiosity to a
major business.


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 Eli Manning was introduced to the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic through family friend and 18-time Corcoran Cup
champion Patrick W. Browne, Jr. “This is my fourth year hosting Guiding Eyes for the Blind's Golf Classic and
it’s very special to me,” says Manning. “It’s important to raise money for the school so that people who need
guide dogs can have them.” Pat taught Eli and his son, Patrick III, how to golf as boys.

 Sponsorships are available at the Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels. Additional support opportunities include
bronze foursomes, individual play, hole sponsorship, and journal advertising. Those donating $10,000 or more are
invited to a special Tee-Off Party with Eli Manning at Mulino’s of Westchester in White Plains. Current sponsors
for the 33rd Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic include:

Diamond Sponsors: Entergy & Gatorade
Presenting Sponsor: The Journal News & LoHud.com
Platinum Sponsors: The Canine Fence Company, Hudson Valley Mechanical Contractors Association, and
Southeastern Farms / Kinloch Insurance Services
Gold Sponsors: A. DeVito & Son, Inc., Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, and JP Morgan Chase
Silver Sponsors: Aero Hardware, Avant Business Services, Citibank, Stanley Cohen, Emblem, Paul Holland, Ken
Nilsen, Rolex, Skanska USA Civil Inc., The Stewart Family, TBS Shipping, and Wilson & Son Jewelers

 Individual play is $700 and a foursome is $2,500. These fees include breakfast, lunch, a banquet dinner with
silent auction, and a truly memorable day of golf. Spectators are welcome at the Corcoran Cup; registration is
required for gallery seating. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, or for general golf information,
please contact Michelle Brier, Events and Marketing Manager, at 914.243.2208 or mbrier(at)guidingeyes(dot)org.

 Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights, NY. The organization
can be reached at 914.245.4024 or by visiting www.guidingeyes.org.

 About Guiding Eyes for the Blind
 Guiding Eyes for the Blind (www.guidingeyes.org), an internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school,
was founded in 1954 to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with
the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and expanded horizons of
opportunity. Since that time, Guiding Eyes has become one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world,
graduating more than 7,000 guide dog teams. It provides superbly bred Guiding Eyes dogs, professional training
and follow-up support services to students at no cost to them and depends on contributions to fulfill its mission.
The comprehensive cost of breeding, raising, preparing, training, and supporting a Guiding Eyes team is $45,000.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind's Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, NY and the
Canine Development Center is in Patterson, NY.

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind
http://www.guidingeyes.org
914-666-0066



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