The Italian American Charity was an Idea that came to fruition in 1971 headed by 13 original committed men. As we Celebrate our 50th Golden Anniversary much has transpired. Since inception there have been 13 Committee Chairman, 69 committee members including an Honorary Chairman, there also have been countless volunteers that have contributed to our success on a yearly basis. A yearly celebration of Italian American Heritage and good will was a unique way to establish the event and benefit a cause which continues to this day.
The tournament has been played at 3 different golf courses, Jackson Valley, Peak and Peek, and Holiday Valley where it has been played since the 21st tournament. The event has become a family tradition with several generations of players participating.
The never-ending commitment of the organizations vision has always been to “Stamp out Cancer in our lifetime”. As new therapy’s and technologies have improved the mission, quality of life has significantly improved for those afflicted, however there remains work to be done. The American Cancer Society along with Local Cancer Care programs at WCA and UPMC Chautauqua. have benefited significantly from the proceeds of the fund-raising efforts. The Local community, and business have allowed the initiative to move forward with continued success. We are humbled and grateful for their continued support.
As the Italian American Charity begins its next half century of community giving and the celebration of our great heritage, These factors will always remain as our foundation for our continued success.
This year it is our hope is to surpass 1.5 million dollars donated at the conclusion of this year’s event.
Joseph P Paterniti
Italian-American Charity Golf Association