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COPE Golf Outing Set for May at Muttontown Club

The organization offers grief support for parents and families living with the loss of a child.

Muttontown Club. Credit: Courtesy Photo
Muttontown Club. Credit: Courtesy Photo

COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally), a grief support organization for parents and families living with the loss of a child, will hold its eighth annual golf outing on May 19, 2014, at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich, New York. 

The organization expects more than 200 golfers and supporters at the outing, COPE’s biggest event of the year, which raises 75 percent of the organization’s annual budget. The event brings together individuals, families and organizations to pay tribute to loved ones and honor supporters, and has raised more than $1 million from generous corporate and individual sponsors over the past seven years.

“I am proud that COPE has grown over the past 15 years from a small group of parents meeting for support in each others’ homes to an organization that helps so many people,” said Lillian Julien, COPE’s president and co-founder.  

This year’s COPE event will honor Michael Corpuel and the Corpuel and Brown families from Camp Wayne, the site of COPE-Camp Erin New York City, a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17. Michael Corpuel is also being honored separately for his unwavering dedication to COPE as a board member and adviser since the non-profit’s inception in 1999.

Funds raised from the event will enable COPE to develop and expand its programming and outreach and fund COPE’s support groups, workshops and events, since the organization does not ask families to pay for most of COPE’s services. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting COPE-Camp Erin NYC during August 22-24, 2014.

“Our recent partnership with the Moyer Foundation to sponsor COPE-Camp Erin NYC has enabled COPE to broaden its mission to help children who have lost a loved one, in addition to helping the hundreds of parents who have lost a child and benefitted from our services," Julien said. "Funds raised through this year’s golf outing will help fund our new COPE House, where parents and siblings can come together in a tranquil setting for support groups and healing workshops.”

Among COPE’s supporters and previous event participants are New York Knicks producer Spencer Julien, whose family started COPE, and many former players and announcers from Madison Square Garden, including former New York Knicks superstar and Hall-of-Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier; Al Trautwig, host of MSG’s Knicks and Rangers telecasts; Dave Maloney, Former NY Ranger and MSG Analyst; Jill Martin, Today Show correspondent and Knicks reporter; and Butch Goring, four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the NY Islanders and current analyst for MSG Networks.

Sponsors of this year’s golf outing include Michael and Randy Corpuel, BC Enterprises (Bill Cooperman) in memory of David Berg, Lillian Julien in memory of Michelle and Robert Julien, Judy and Richard Berg in memory of David Joshua Berg, Patti & Dave Greenberg in memory of Sharon Gallucci, Knowledgent, Plainview Oral & Maxillofacial Associates, P.C., the Mordfin Group, and Madison Square Garden, among others.

For more information about the 2014 COPE Golf Outing, visit www.copefoundation.org.

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