WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Yorktown's Guiding Eyes for the Blind welcomed the return of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at the Spring Tee-Off for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic in White Plains.
The sponsor recognition party was held at Mulino’s of Westchester in White Plains. Joined by Guiding Eyes puppies, staff and supporters, Manning mingled with the crowd and expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming classic, according to a press release. Returning for his eighth year as host, Manning was introduced to Guiding Eyes’ Golf Classic through family friend and Corcoran Cup champion Patrick W. Browne Jr., according to the release.
“Each year that I host the golf classic I’m reminded of how many people Guiding Eyes is helping to live their lives to the fullest,” said Manning. “For people without sight, teaming up with a Guiding Eyes dog can change their lives. Not only do these dogs provide independence to people who are blind and visually impaired, they also assist children with autism. I’ve been told the Heeling Autism program has just placed its 55th dog within a family. I feel privileged play a part in this organization, and I’m regularly inspired to do more.”
For the seventh consecutive year, Mulino’s of Westchester donated its facility and hospitality for the tee-off. Guiding Eyes will hold its golf classic on Monday, June 9, at Mount Kisco Country Club in Mount Kisco and Fairview Country Club in Greenwich,Conn. Guiding Eyes representatives anticipate the classic will raise more than $700,000 for its programs and services, according to the release.
"We’re extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors," said Thomas Panek, Guiding Eyes’ president and CEO. "Our golf classic fundraiser truly makes a difference and allows people like me, who are blind, to have the freedom to achieve their goals in life."
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights. It can be reached at 245-4024 or by visiting the Guiding Eyes for the Blind website.