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Filling in the Blanks Golf Tournament Raises More Than $300,000 for Kids in Need

Filling in the Blanks (FIB) hosted its fourth annual charity golf fundraiser on May 4, 2017, at the GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, NY. The non-profit raised more than $300,000 from the golf event and auction. Founded in 2013 by two Fairfield County residents, Tina Kramer and Shawnee Knight (who co-chaired this event), FIB provides more than 800 students in its programs a bag containing two breakfast items, two lunch items, snacks and fresh fruit every Friday. Funds raised at this event will be used to expand the program to cover more schools and more students, as well as its holiday program.

The day started with a delicious brunch featuring breakfast sandwiches and an omelet station. After fueling up for their round, Guests enjoyed a beautiful day of golf, with on-course contests and refreshments (including beverages from Belvedere like Elm Restaurant’s special Bloody Mary recipe, a Casamigos tequila tasting and GlenArbor’s brick oven pizza). The evening portion of the event included a live and silent action, with a customized European vacation, the General Manager’ suite at Yankee Stadium and tickets to the New York Giant’s training camp among the most popular items.

The event finished with a cocktail party (passed appetizers included beef sliders and lollipop lamb chops) and a delectable buffet, featuring a carving station with garlic salt-crusted flat iron steak, a Tuscan station with focaccia pizza, a sushi and dumpling station and more. A video produced by FIB high school interns, which showcased students and faculty involved in the FIB program, was shown for the first time. While there were many highlights, the day was perhaps most memorable for golfer Derek Courtney: he hit a hole-in-one on the 11th hole, and won a brand new Porsche, donated by Porsche of Larchmont.

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Photographs by David Steele

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