The Italian-American Charity Golf Association was an idea that came to fruition in 1971 headed by 13 original committed men. This year marks our 51st anniversary of an event that has brought so many individuals of different cultures together for a common bond. This was the vision of the original committee and has remained strong since its inception.
During this time there has been 14 chairmen, 71 committee members including an Honorary Chairman, and countless volunteers that have given so much of themselves to ensure the success of our tournament. 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 our current location 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 organization’s vision has been to “Stamp out Cancer in our Lifetime”. As new therapies 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 benefitted significantly from the proceeds of our fund-raising efforts. This past year we expanded our partnership with Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. The local community, and businesses have allowed our initiative to move forward with continued success. We are humbled and grateful for their unwavering support.
As the Italian-American Charity Golf Association begins its next half century of community giving and the celebration of our great heritage, we hope to build on our foundation that will help us sustain continued success.
Last year our fundraising efforts allowed us to surpass 1.5 million dollars in donations firmly putting us on path towards our next milestone of 2 million dollars.
The Italian-American Charity Golf Association