The First Annual John Thomas Gaffney Memorial Golf Outing proved to be a huge success as the event Monday raised more than $20,000.
Founded by John’s parents, Teri and Kevin Gaffney and Keith McGurk — Teri’s cousin— funds raised at the event held at The Hamlet at Willow Creek in Mt. Sinai will benefit the charity named to remember the 5-year old West Islip boy.
During the outing, 102 golfers hit the links and an additional 156 dinner only guests attended the event. Additional funds were raised through the sale of a 50/50 raffle and raffle tickets where guests had a chance to win 58 prize baskets and 13 big-ticket items.
“We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful town and will be giving back to West Islip through different charities and also to the West Islip Soccer Club,” Teri Gaffney said. “The John Thomas Gaffney Memorial Fund helps keep my son's memory alive and we want to give back to the people that rallied around us during such an awful, traumatic time in our lives.”