Raising some green, on the green - the 3rd Annual GBUACO Charity Golf Tournament
GBUACO’s 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament took place on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst. After hitting the links, golfers enjoyed an awards ceremony, basket raffle and check presentations to the charities that each received $2,500 from the tournament: Vive, Back to Basics Outreach Ministries and Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture at Jewish Family Services. Everyone enjoyed live music performed by Dance Machine Rollercoaster, a band featuring GBUACO’s own executive director, Ralph Hernandez. United Healthcare was the premier sponsor of this event.
The highlight of the evening was the live auction of a group art painting by kids from Fantastic Friends of Western New York. Fantastic Friends of Western New York sponsors monthly events for people of all ages with special needs. The group painting was purchased by Carmen Greenberg-Perez, Medical Sales Director at United Healthcare for $600. Paintings by kids who created and completed their artwork at the tournament sold for $100 each.
On the course, the big winners were as follows:
1st Place – CCS Healthcare
Dr. Minsoo Kang
Dr. Satish Sharma
Dr. Sam Yi
2nd Place – CCS Healthcare
3rd Place – GBUAHN / GBUACO
Mr. & Mrs. Pratibha Bansal
Closest to the Pin
Men – Ramsey Abialmouna from WNY MRI
Women - Migdalia Vasquez from United Healthcare
Men – Kyle Kapturowski – from CCS Healthcare
Women – Patti Pohlig from Wellcare
Charities We Helped This Year
“For the GBUACO Golf Tournament, we select charities that serve some of our most vulnerable citizens who do not have many places to go to get the help they need,” said GBUACO Chief Executive Officer Raul Vazquez. “The organizations our tournaments support are usually smaller agencies that really need the help and we want to let them know they are not forgotten.”
Vive provides services to refugees who cannot return to their homelands due to their race, religion, nationality or political opinion. At Vive, refugees are allowed to stay as long as they need to work out their immigration issues and they are provided safety, shelter, food and legal help.
The WNY Center for Survivors of Torture at Jewish Family Services provides programs for survivors of refugee trauma and political and state-sponsored torture. Services provided include: care coordination, legal, medical, forensic and other therapeutic services needed to promote the healing process.
Back to Basics Outreach Ministries tackles some of the toughest issues facing any community and its citizens: substance abuse, gang violence, unemployment, prisoner re-entry into society, homelessness and youth development. Back to Basics helps ex-convicts who are just out of prison with their transition back into the community.
GBUA, LLC is a 501c3 not-for-profit filed in the state of New York exclusively to receive and administer funds for charitable purposes. The main event for this not-for-profit is the GBUACO Annual Charity Golf Tournament.