CohnReznick Foundation Donates $150,000 for Charities at 26th Annual Golf Invitational
New York, NY – CohnReznick LLP, one of the largest accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the U.S., through its CohnReznick Foundation and CohnReznick CARES initiative, donated a total of $150,000 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) and the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation at its 26th Annual Charity Golf Invitational held on June 12, 2017 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ. Over the past 26 years, the CohnReznick Foundation’s outing has raised in excess of $2.6 million for charitable organizations with more than $1.7 million of that going to these two organizations in recent years.
Longtime supporter Capital One Commercial Banking was the presenting sponsor of the outing, which hosted more than 100 golfers and special guests. Other major sponsors included Lord Abbett, Quattuor Capital Partners of Raymond James, and Zenith Marketing Group.
The CohnReznick Foundation supports children in need, from young children to college students. SOWF provides college scholarship grants, financial aid, and educational counseling to the children of Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident. The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation is devoted to ending the cycle of domestic violence and loss of life through Margaret's Place and other programs, including school-wide anti-violence campaigns, developmental workshops focusing on coping and leadership skills, and educational forums for school staff and parents.
CohnReznick spokesperson and 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Joe Torre attended the morning activities, offering his appreciation for the support his organization receives from the many charitable people who attended. Mr. Torre mingled with guests and took photos, while sharing a few stories with the participants.
Attending the event and speaking on behalf of SOWF was Vice Admiral Joe Maguire, U.S. Navy, Retired, President and CEO of SOWF. Before joining SOWF, Admiral Maguire served as Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington and was a career Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL) retiring as Vice Admiral.
Speaking on behalf of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation during the evening program was Yolanda Jimenez, Executive Director. Ms. Jimenez has devoted over 30 years to a career in public service, and recently served as Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. She was also Commissioner of Community Affairs for the NYC Police Department.
Donation checks were presented to both charities by Frank P. Longobardi, CEO of CohnReznick, and Ken Young, President of the CohnReznick Foundation.
“We are fortunate to have spent such a beautiful day with friends of the Firm who join us in supporting the work of these two very special organizations and the impact that they make on so many children,” said Longobardi.
Steve Adubato, Emmy Award-winning PBS anchor, media analyst, author, and executive coach, was the evening's master of ceremonies and conducted an exciting live auction that included such packages as seats in the WB Mason luxury box at Yankee Stadium, a chance to join the New York Mets photographer, Marc Levine, at Citi Field and take pictures, a luxury trip to Nevis, and a three-day exclusive golf trip for two including airfare.
Each year, CohnReznick distinguishes its event with unique experiences throughout the day for its guests. Golfers look forward to the exciting $10,000 shoot-out with a guaranteed winner, as well as a Titleist and FootJoy shopping spree, closest-to-the pin prizes, team prizes, and a silent auction featuring more than 30 unique items.