LONG ISLAND, NY, February 23, 2016 – COPE Foundation, Inc. (Connecting Our Paths Eternally), a grief support organization for parents and families living with the loss of a child, will hold its tenth annual golf outing on May 23, 2016 at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich, New York. Over 250 golfers and supporters are expected to attend COPE’s biggest event of the year, which raises 75% of the organization’s annual budget. The event brings together individuals, families and organizations to pay tribute to loved ones and honor supporters, and has raised more than $1 million from generous corporate and individual sponsors over the past nine years. For more information about the 2016 COPE Golf Outing, visit www.copefoundation.org.
This year’s COPE event will honor Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs. Legislator Jacobs is in her eleventh term as a legislator, having previously served four consecutive terms as Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature. She represents Legislative District 16, which is comprised of the communities of Plainview, Old Bethpage, Jericho, Syosset, Woodbury, Hicksville, Old Westbury and Roslyn Heights. Legislator Jacobs serves as a member of the Rules Committee and Health and Social Services, as well as Ranking on Planning, Development & Environment and Government Services & Operations. During her tenure in the legislature, Legislator Jacobs has led the way with legislation banning smoking in all restaurants, bars and workplaces in the County. For the first time she has brought together elected officials from New York City, Suffolk County and Westchester County to work on developing a regional approach to this important health issue. She is also advocating for the adoption of Tobacco 21 (raising the legal smoking age to 21), and legislation to control the use of electronic cigarettes. In addition, she has worked together with Suffolk County leaders on several island-wide issues such as Medicaid reform, economic development, planning, and public health and safety concerns.
Donna Cooperman will receive the COPE Parent Recognition Award for her support of COPE throughout her 20 years with the organization, since she lost her son 20-year-old David in 1995. Donna has been an active member of the COPE Golf Committee for the past ten years (since the first event), where she has chaired the Raffle and Silent Auction Sub-Committee, she has helped with entry-level fundraising at the onset of the COPE Walks, and she has forged partnerships with local businesses and individuals in order to garner support for the organization that helped her through her tragic loss. She currently is office manager at Lymphedema Therapy in Woodbury, New York.
Dr. Norman Fried will receive the COPE Professional Service Award for his contribution to the grief community. Previously Director of Psychosocial Services for the Cancer Center for Kids and the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop University and North Shore University Hospitals for 18 years, Dr. Fried is now in full-time private practice and is well known for his extensive work as a grief and bereavement specialist. He lectures on the Practice of Psychotherapy with Critically and Terminally Ill Children and their Families at conferences across the U.S. and Europe, as well as at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY.
Funds raised from the golf outing event will enable COPE to develop and expand its programming and outreach and fund COPE’s support groups, workshops and programs, since the organization does not ask families to pay for most of COPE’s services. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Camp Erin® NYC (August 26-28, 2016).
“I am proud that COPE has grown over the past 17 years from a small group of parents meeting for support in each others’ homes to an organization that helps so many people, about 20% more families every year,” remarks Lillian Julien, COPE’s President and Co-founder. “We are proud to honor not only an incredibly generous individual such as Judy Jacobs, who does so much for the Long Island community, but also a parent who has been the embodiment of our philosophy that the next level of healing is helping. Donna Cooperman has given so much back to the organization that was there for her early in her loss. And to also be able to pay tribute to someone so gifted and so generous within the grief community as Dr. Norman Fried is such an incredible honor for our organization. ”
Among COPE’s supporters and previous event participants are New York Knicks producer Spencer Julien, whose family started COPE, and many former players and announcers from Madison Square Garden, including former New York Knicks superstar and Hall-of-Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier; Al Trautwig, host of MSG’s Knicks and Rangers telecasts; Dave Maloney, Former NY Ranger and MSG Analyst; Jill Martin, Today Show correspondent and Knicks reporter; and Butch Goring, four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the NY Islanders and current analyst for MSG Networks.
Sponsors of this year’s golf outing include Northwell Health, Madison Square Garden, Moneywatch Advisors, Plainview Oral & Maxillofacial Associates, P.C., BC Enterprises (Bill Cooperman) in memory of David Berg, Lillian Julien in memory of Michelle and Robert Julien, Judy and Richard Berg in memory of David Joshua Berg, Patti and Dave Greenberg in memory of Sharon Gallucci, Sammi’s Circle Charitable Fund in memory of Samantha “Sammi” Mergentime, and Ken & Sandy Morris, among others.
About the COPE Foundation
COPE, a not-for-profit foundation, 501(c)(3), is dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. Since 1999, COPE has served the needs of approximately 850 families on Long Island by providing emotional, therapeutic, and spiritual programs. These include parent and sibling support groups, individual support, integrative healing workshops, and a variety of special programs for clergy, funeral homes, schools and mental health professionals. In addition to assisting local families, COPE’s grief hotline (COPEline) and website have enabled the non-profit to provide grieving individuals outside of Long Island with immediate support, resources, and referrals.
About Camp Erin® NYC
Offered in more than 40 communities nationwide, Camp Erin® is a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17 that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. COPE partners with the Moyer Foundation as the New York City affiliate for Camp Erin NYC, held annually at Camp Wayne in Preston Park, PA, to help children from the tri-state area who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. The weekend, which will be held August 26-28, 2016, includes a concurrent parent camp for caregivers.
Executive Director, COPE
Golf Event Planning
Director, Camp Erin NYC