The Engineers Country Club is set to mark its 100th anniversary. In preparation, the Roslyn-based club recently opened the doors of its renovated clubhouse, a project that was four months in the making.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held on Friday, May 13, was the culmination of a week of events that featured the 29th Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic. Clifford Saffron, the club’s president, is also a longtime member of the Roslyn Board of Education. Later this spring, Saffron’s daughter is set to hold her marriage ceremony at the club, highlighting its standing as one of Long Island’s most sought-after wedding locations.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Saffron thanked the families that have been with the club for decades, as well as the new generations of “engineers,” as they are set to usher in a new and exciting chapter of the club’s history. “The future has never been brighter for engineers,” Saffron said.
Golfing For A Good Cause
Earlier, on Wednesday, May 11, over 200 golfers and tennis players showed up at the club for that same golf and tennis classic.
The event was held in support of Life’s WORC and the Family Center for Autism. Gillis and George Poll, longtime Roslyn restaurateurs, were honorees at the event.
“Our goal is to reach $200,000 and we have $150,000 raised already,” said Matthew Zebatto, director of Development & Public Affairs at Life’s WORC. “We have 1,800 individuals and 40 homes throughout Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Manhattan for people with autism and other developmental disabilities and any money raised for the cause is a wonderful thing.”
Life’s WORC opened a new facility in Garden City in 2015 because of the increasing number of people who are being diagnosed with autism. The facility, called the Family Center for Autism, offers a family-centric treatment model that offers help and assistance to the whole family.
Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera was a grateful participant at the outing that bears his name. He said that it is important to raise funds to sustain a population of people with developmental disabilities.
“These parents can’t take of their kids forever and it is important that we have vocational training, outreach programs and a support staff for this population,” said Rivera. “Many of these individuals are living longer and their burden becomes more daunting.”
Rivera has been a longtime advocate for people with developmental disabilities after his groundbreaking report in 1972 helped shut down the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island. The school was originally a mental institution that was shuttered because of deplorable conditions and inhumane treatment to patients.
Jon Kaiman, the former Town of North Hempstead supervisor and current candidate for the Third Congressional District seat, also attended the golf outing and said events like these bring out the best in people.
“It is an opportunity to network and have a fun day and also an opportunity for those of us [who want]to help people with great needs and make a difference in their lives,” said Kaiman.
In all, the renovation was welcomed in style. The golf and tennis classic included a brunch, barbecue lunch, cocktail hour and dinner program, while the ribbon-cutting featured a lavish cocktail party.