Hosting ‘Golf for Abilis’ a true labor of love for Greenwich’s Trump


Greenwich High School golfer Danny Guise, at right, is an active participant in the Golf for Abilis outing. In the photo, Guise, along with Jennifer Slaybaugh, watches playing partner Byan Lentini putt the ball.

It’s time to once again tee it up for a good cause, as Golf for Abilis is back on June 10 .

For the second year in a row, the Golf for Abilis event will take place at Trump National in Briarcliff Manor and will include a breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a challenging 18 holes of golf.

Billy Ayres will be the live entertainment for the outing and some people supported by Abilis will sit in with Ayres throughout the day.

Also for the second consecutive year, Greenwich resident Fred Trump is hosting the Golf for Abilis event.

“We are really excited about it,” said Abilis Executive Director Laurel Ross. “It’s a great event. Fred Trump has really taken this on with such enthusiasm and it’s a wonderful day for a wonderful cause. These funds that are raised go directly to our core services and our services help people throughout their lifespan, whether it’s for our babies or our senior citizens. We serve people in their homes, whether it’s Birth-To-Three, residential services or employment support.”

Also making a return to Golf for Abilis will be Greenwich High School standout golfer Danny Guise, who blew away the competition during last year’s event. In addition to playing in the golf outing, Guise will be conducting a putting challenge during the cocktail hour.

“People will get the chance to putt against a kid that will be on the pro tour, I assure you,” Trump said. “I played with Danny last Friday and this kid has game. Here’s a homegrown kid who has a mom that’s involved with helping out Abilis and we are going to watch this kid progress throughout college and maybe on the PGA Tour. He’s not just showing up here for the hell of it. He’s showing up because he cares about the organization and I think that speaks volumes about him.”

In addition to golf, drinks and food, there will be some top-notch items up for auction.

For example, there’s a four-night stay at Casa de Compo in the Dominican Republic that includes airfare. Then there’s what Trump calls the “Florida golf paradise item,” which is three-night, four-day vacation at the newly-renovated Doral Golf Resort in Miami, Fla. and a round on the famous “Blue Monster.” In addition, that package includes a round at the Trump National in Palm Beach, Fla., as well as Trump Juniper and all the travel is taken care of.

“I want people to come off the golf course, stay in their golf clothes and just relax and enjoy the day,” Trump said. “It was a tremendous success last year and I am hoping it will be twice as good this year. I am very excited because the outreach has been phenomenal and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

For Trump, hosting the event is a no-brainer for the Greenwich resident, as Abilis has been an important part in his family’s life.

Trump’s youngest child William has Cerebral Palsy and after he left the hospital after being there for almost the first two months of his life, William got help from Abilis.

“Abilis is important to my wife and I,” Trump said. “Abilis was basically the first organization to come to our house, provided therapy for him and as he got a little older, he was involved in the Birth-To-Three program. We have just some of the fondest memories of the group back then and what they did for us. Obviously our world was rocked and they came in and were caring and compassionate and it helped us and William.”

When the opportunity came up to host the golf outing for Abilis, Trump was more than happy to help out in whatever way he could.

“I love that Abilis is such a good community organization,” Trump said. “Last year we had 74 golfers and this year we are toping out near 120. There are a lot more people from Greenwich participating this year, but also I am catching up with friends from around the country that are flying in for this thing. Everybody realizes how important the organization was to us and what phenomenal services it provides to the community. It’s a pleasure for me to do it.”

And don’t think that Trump is just hosting the event and isn’t involved in getting Golf for Abilis off the ground.

“I think about it all the time and I am thrilled that people I haven’t seen in over 20 years are flying in to be a part of this event,” Trump said. “This is a great event. All the money goes to Abilis and I think it’s important for people to understand that.”

Although Ross said state funding has leveled off for the past several years for Abilis, the price for gas, oil and other costs of living have all gone up. So the funding for Abilis and its services are a necessity.

“We’ve had to get very creative to provide quality services for people,” Ross said. “The money will go right to our core services. We want to create awareness for Abilis and show our appreciation for the people that come to the golf outing for that day and care about what we do. We want to get the word out on what Abilis is doing in the community and more importantly the people we support, what they are doing in the community and what they’ve achieved.”

Although the golf outing is sold out, there are still tickets available for the dinner and silent auction on June 10. The price is $150.

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