Second Golf Classic an Unqualified Success – Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Awarded Gold Medal

The Association’s 2006 Annual Golf & Tennis Classic was held on Monday, June 19th at The Creek in Locust Valley, Long Island, New York.  A full day on the magnificent course – roundly considered one of the best in the northeast, if not the world – was capped with a reception honoring Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, recipient of the Association’s 2006 Gold Medal.

That year, the Association welcomed 72 golfers – a perfect 18 foursomes – from Association member companies and supporters including “The Chief-Civil Service Leader” (1897), Berenson & Co. (1921), The Hotel Wales (1900), James Thompson Co. (1860), Bowne (1775), Danker, Sellew & Douglas (1829), Emmett, Marvin & Martin (1806), John Gallin & Sons, Inc (1886), The Bank of New York (1784), The Delta Kappa Epsilon Club of New York (1898), Lehman Brothers (1850), Caithness Energy, Loefler, Seltzer & Fox, ABS Partners and CWB Marketing Group.

To make the day more competitive, The Association challenged golfers to special contests of skill.  In the ‘closest to the pin’ series, finalists Bob Judell of James Thompson Co. (1860) and Andrew Levine of Berenson & Co. (1921), competed to win two roundtrip tickets wherever JetBlue flies.  Andrew Levine won the shoot-off.

Caswell Massey (1752) challenged golfers to a ‘longest drive’ competition, which was won by John Matthews The Delta Kappa Epsilon Club of New York (1898).  The three top best group scores won gift certificates at the Creek Pro Shop.  They were from Steelcase, Lehman Brothers (1850) and John Gallin & Sons, Inc (1886).

After the round of golf, participants retired to the deck overlooking the stunning course – from the first five holes that play through tall strands of trees, sloping gently down to the back nine which are dominated by water, reeds and sand-based rough to Long Island Sound beyond – with the dozen or so non-golfers who joined them to enjoy a scrumptious dinner.  Dinner guests included Commissioners Martha K. Hirst (DCAS) and John J. Doherty (Sanitation).

As dusk fell, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly accepted the 73rd Gold Medal Award, given in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to the City of New York.”  Mr. Kelly has spent 31 years in the New York City Police Department, serving in 25 different commands and a first stint as police commissioner from 1992-1994. When he was re-appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg just months after the September 11 attacks, he became the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure.

The Commissioner spoke of the need for security in New York in the face of a diversity of threats.  He also shared a behind-the-scenes look at how the NYPD keeps the City safe through intelligence gathering and preemptive action.  The amount of hard work that goes into keeping the people of the City of New York safe without them knowing it is both breathtaking and inspiring.

Golfers and dinner guests also had the opportunity to purchase silent auctions items, including a bottle of Veuve Clicquot “Le Grande Dame”, dinner at Keens Steak House, a weekend at The Hotel Wales, a day of five stand shooting at the Fairfield County Fish & Game Protective Association and for those from whom one full day of golf wasn’t enough, a day at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club.

According to Association president Clinton W. Blume, III, the day was an unmitigated success.  “There was a lot of new found support from our membership through their donations of prizes, buying foursomes and journal ads.”  He added: “There was a great deal of good will and camaraderie.”

The day netted about $10,000 for the Association, ensuring that The Hundred Year Association can continue its good work of recognizing public service by career civil servants and academic excellence and community service by their sons and daughters.

The Classic is also a splendid way for Association members and supporters to entertain customers and to reinforce the Association’s grant and scholarship projects.

Blume concluded: “I have gotten many ‘congratulations’ calls and am pleased by the total outcome.”