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Upstate Foundation's Towsley Pro-Am raises record-breaking $145,000

Despite a pandemic and a hurricane, the Upstate Foundation’s 2020 Towsley Pro-Am raised a record-breaking $145,000. Proceeds will support a new dialysis unit at Upstate Community Hospital and the new Golisano Center for Special Needs, which will provide services and support for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Held at Turning Stone Resort Casino, the event was rescheduled from June to August 4 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“This is a remarkable achievement considering the effect the pandemic has had on every aspect of our lives,” noted Julie Galler Simms, development director, Upstate Community Hospital. “We’re so grateful for the generous support of every sponsor and that they all made the schedule change seamlessly.”

The day’s weather also broke records, with 12 straight hours of heavy rain and wind as Hurricane Isaias made its way up the East Coast. Only the morning flight was able to play.

Formerly called the Community General Golf Tournament, this golf outing has been hitting the links for decades. The event’s longtime presenting sponsor, IBEW Local 43/NECA Finger Lakes Chapter, renamed the tournament in honor of Bill Towsley upon his untimely passing. Towsley was a former IBEW Local 43 business manager, Community General board member, community leader and beloved colleague and friend. Today, the Towsley Pro-Am partners with the CNY Professional Golf Association to present a one-of-a-kind experience. The tournament beneficiary changes from year to year to address the most critical needs at Upstate.

Caption: From left, the foursome from BPAS Actuarial and Pension Services: Vince Spina, Steve Stopyra, Bill Stuart and Mary Markert, with PGA pro Ryan McGinnis.