2012 SIU Trunk Monkey Open for Charity: Making an Impact
In its second annual event, the Onondaga County (NY) Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit ”Trunk Monkey Open” for Charity raised an astounding $5,304 in funds for To The Maximus Foundation!
We are gratified and humbled by this wonderful contribution to our cause, and we thank the men and women who came out and supported To The Maximus Foundation this year!
These amazing professionals give every day in their professional life to fight these drugs on the streets, and they continued to give as volunteers to this tournament and toward our charity. We can’t thank them enough!
This year’s event, held at Northern Pines Golf Course in Cicero, New York on September 21st, was enjoyed by more than 85 golfers representing law enforcement, healthcare, and private sector organizations.
Over 70 local organizations joined the event financially as sponsors and donors. “We are very pleased to have not only met, but exceeded our financial goals with this year’s event,” said organizers. “These funds will make a great impact in the ongoing battle against synthetic drugs.”
The 2012 SIU Trunk Monkey Open for Charity featured a special hole in memory of fallen New York State Trooper Amanda Anna, a coworker and friend of organizers who was recently killed in a line of duty motor vehicle accident.
Coincidentally, the funds raised in 2012 ($5,304) correlates exactly to Anna’s NYSP shield identification number (5304). The event also had hole-in-one prize opportunities including a car, trip, and clubs from Reymore Chevrolet, as well as dozens of other raffles and door prizes donated by local businesses.
The SIU Trunk Monkey Open for Charity is a nonprofit organization in Syracuse, New York formed by members of the Onondaga County Sheriffs Office Special Investigations Unit with the goal of supporting issues within the communities they serve.
In its first year, event proceeds were contributed to Golisano Hospital’s Child Life Program. In its second year, the SIU Trunk Monkey Open for Charity chose to contribute proceeds to the To the Maximus Foundation (www.2themax.org).
In July 2012, many of the law enforcement officials who work with and support the event were directly involved in Operation Log Jam, a national large scale seizure of synthetic drugs.
“The selection of To the Maximus as a benefactor this year was largely driven by a need for more education, advocacy, and better, more enforceable laws,” said tournament organizers. “We fight this battle every day, and groups like this can make our jobs more effective in getting these substances out of circulation and making the streets safer.”
The SIU Trunk Monkey Open for Charity was formed in 2011 by members of the Onondaga County Sheriffs Office Special Investigations Unit as an independent entity with the mission of raising financial funds to support programs within the communities they serve. Benefactors have included the Golisano Child Life Program and To the Maximus Foundation. For additional information on the organization, contact Shane LaVigne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315)440-9066.
To the Maximus is a national non-profit foundation that educates and advocates against synthetic drug use and specifically the impact on young adults. The organization was formed by Karen Dobner after the death of her son, Max, while under the influence of synthetic marijuana. Additional information on the foundation can be found at www.2themax.org.