Playing golf is one thing, even playing golf in a benefit, but organizing that benefit is something entirely different. And it’s not something that many people probably think to do.
A little more than 10 years ago, however, that’s exactly what Michael Stroud, president of Atlas Investigations, Inc., set out to do.
“I was very lucky for the first 40 so years of my life and I wanted to give back,” Stroud who is Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Center For Kids (CCFK) Golf Outing said.
His kids have never had cancer. That’s not how this came about, although people ask him that a lot.
He had played golf for years with a group of people and often they talked about participating in golf benefits and hosting one. As Stroud’s own kids older he’d decided maybe it was time to organize a golf benefit. He wrote letters to five different groups including doctors he had once helped get insurance coverage for. They responded and vice president of the hospital had him come in and talk about what he wanted to do.
“After a four-and-a-half-hour meeting I was bleary eyed and realized I didn’t know what I was doing,” Stroud said.
He kept pushing forward, writing letters to his friends and asking for help. And now, the annual outing is in its 10th year.
“Every year we try to improve and increase the reach of our donations,” Stroud said.
Last year the outing raised about $56,000. Stroud said as much as he loves the big donations he also tries to increase the smaller ones.
“If we can get a 1,000 people to donate $25, that’s a win,” Stroud said. “We like to spread it out and try to expand the group.”
The money goes to help families in many different ways.
“It’s the simple things like giving a gas card so they can get to and from appointments,” Stroud said.
The Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) 10th Annual Golf Outing will take place on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m.; shotgun tee off at 1:30 p.m. Awards, prizes and a buffet dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets, foursomes and sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital. For more information, please call Winthrop’s Office of Development at (516) 663-3398 or visit www.winthrop.org/events.