Three staff members (smiling)

DDI Raises More Than $220,000 at Annual Golf Classic

Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), the leading service provider for children and adults with autism on Long Island, hosted its Annual Golf Classic at two of the North Shore's most prestigious courses, the Pine Hollow Country Club and The Muttontown Club on Monday, June 17th.  More than 200 golfers teed off at the Annual Classic to raise more than $220,000 to benefit the nearly 1,200 children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities served by DDI.

Foursome photo-Kevin Long and company

Pictured left to right: Frank Castellano, Jay Van Vechten, Kevin Long, and Rich Flynn

“I am extremely grateful and humbled that so many sponsors, golfers, and volunteers teamed up with DDI to make our Annual Golf Classic a huge success,” commented DDI Executive Director John Lessard.  “The funds raised will enhance the innovative services DDI provides to the children and adults we support.”

John Lessard, Russell Snaith, Adam Gordon

Pictured left to right:  DDI Executive Director John Lessard, DDI parent Russell Snaith, and DDI Director of Compliance Adam Gordon

Golfers teed off in style thanks to an original sock design contest used to commemorate the Annual Golf Classic. Adults served by DDI competed to create a golf-themed sock to be produced by John’s Crazy Socks, a father-son venture inspired by co-founder John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome.

The winning sock, designed by Marianne L., was given to each golfer, and additional socks are available for purchase on John’s Crazy Socks website.  One dollar from the sale of each pair will be donated back to DDI. 

John and Mark CroninPictured left to right: John Cronin and Mark Cronin of John's Crazy Socks

Thanks to a dedicated committee led by Sean Finn, Edward Grilli, and Joseph Schmidt, the 2019 Annual Golf Classic was a fantastic success. 

Golf Committee ChairpeoplePictured left to right: 2019 Golf Committee Co-Chairs Sean Finn, Joseph Schmidt, and Edward Grilli

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 Golf Classic Photo Album.