P.O. Box 1251, Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 516-484-4993 Fax: 516-484-4885 COPEline: 516-364-COPE
COPE TO HOLD 8TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING TO SUPPORT BEREAVEMENT PROGRAMS INCLUDING CHILDREN’S BEREAVEMENT CAMP, COPE-CAMP ERIN® NYC
LONG ISLAND, NY, March 31, 2014 – COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally), a grief support organization for parents and families living with the loss of a child, will hold its eighth annual golf outing on May 19, 2014 at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich, New York. Over 200 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 seven years. For more information about the 2014 COPE Golf Outing, visit www.copefoundation.org.
This year’s COPE event will honor Michael Corpuel and the Corpuel and Brown families from Camp Wayne, the site of COPE-Camp Erin® New York City, a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17. Michael Corpuel is also being honored separately for his unwavering dedication to COPE as a board member and adviser since the non-profit’s inception in 1999.
Funds raised from the event will enable COPE to develop and expand its programming and outreach and fund COPE’s support groups, workshops and events, since the organization does not ask families to pay for most of COPE’s services. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting COPE-Camp Erin NYC (August 22-24, 2014).
“I am proud that COPE has grown over the past 15 years from a small group of parents meeting for support in each others’ homes to an organization that helps so many people,” adds Lillian Julien, COPE’s President and Co-founder. “Our recent partnership with the Moyer Foundation to sponsor COPE-Camp Erin NYC has enabled COPE to broaden its mission to help children who have lost a loved one, in addition to helping the hundreds of parents who have lost a child and benefitted from our services. Funds raised through this year’s golf outing will help fund our new COPE House, where parents and siblings can come together in a tranquil setting for support groups and healing workshops.”
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 Michael and Randy Corpuel, 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 & Dave Greenberg in memory of Sharon Gallucci, Knowledgent, Plainview Oral & Maxillofacial Associates, P.C., the Mordfin Group, and Madison Square Garden, among others.
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 680 families on Long Island by providing emotional, therapeutic, and spiritual programs. These include parent and sibling support groups, individual support, alternative healing workshops, and a variety of special programs for clergy 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 COPE-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 COPE-Camp Erin, 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. COPE Golf Outing honorees, the Corpuel and Brown families, donate the use of their beautiful summer camp to COPE every August for COPE-Camp Erin New York City, and the organization is eternally grateful for their support of this important program.
Executive Director, COPE
Phone: (516) 484-4993
Erica Berg Gavin
COPE Golf Outing Coordinator
Phone: (212) 721-5585
Director, COPE-Camp Erin NYC
Phone: (914) 939-5338