I would like to Thank everyone who participated in any way, to help make our 24th Ricky Palermo Spinal Injury Tournament another terrific success.

As you know, this year is filled with all kinds of rules and regulations that we are all trying to get used to. We had many doubts as to whether we were going to be able to host our annual tournament and dinner again this year, but while waiting “patiently” I kept in touch with Genesee Community College’s catering situation and Terry Hills golf course as they were also both waiting to hear from the governor’s office.

Just seven weeks prior to our Aug. 1 tournament date, we finally got the okay to play golf but because of regulations we were not able to go to GCC for our almost 400 people dinner event/auctions/show. So, with the help of so many incredible helpers in our community, we came up with a plan to send each golfer home with a chicken BBQ dinner. We were able to send all 200 golfers (50 teams) home with a chicken barbecue plus we sold an additional 250 more dinners to the community (450 total).

I am so proud to know that we have such a competent committee that not only kept 200 golfers socially distanced while registering, but they also arranged for all dinner patrons to pick up their chicken barbecues without having to leave their vehicle.

I sincerely thank my incredible committee and all the hard-working volunteers that made time to help make our event run so smoothly, all of you are incredible!!

Through everyone’s efforts and support our tournament was able to donate over $60,000, again this year. Bringing our unbelievable, 24 year total to over $1.6 million!

Our donations will once again support our community and the research happening nationwide. Rochester Regional Health Batavia branch (UMMC), Strong Memorial Hospital Spinal Unit, Batavia’s YMCAs Bike Program and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis will once again be the beneficiaries of our annual events. It was a great way to prove that we could be safe, have fun, raise awareness and still raise a lot of money!

I am so proud to be part of this community and I encourage everyone to get involved with many events going on each week in our community. Our 25th year annual golf tournament will once again be the first Saturday in August 2021 – hope to see you there! Come and join us as we continue to help change history!

THANK YOU!!

Ricky Palermo

You can watch videos and read about your donations at work by going to www.theMiamiproject.edu.

You can stay in touch with me at www.RickyPalermofoundation.org or friend me on Facebook.

Ricky Palermo, a Genesee County native, was paralyzed in an automobile accident in 1981. Since 1997, he and his foundation have been raising money for spinal injury research.

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