Sports Broadcasting trailblazer and award-winning Talk Show Host Ann Liguori hosted her 23rd Annual Ann Liguori Foundation (AFL) Charity Golf Classic at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton, N.Y. The annual charity outing benefits not-for-profits that work in the field of cancer research and care including the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and East End Hospice.
Michael Bosso, Senior Vice President, Operations, U.S. Office Division, Brookfield Properties, was honored as the 2021 ALF Business Honoree, and Scotty Medlock, Hall of Fame Sports Artist, was honored as the 2021 ALF Sports Honoree Award.
Notable attendees included: Ann Liguori, ALF Business Honoree Michael Bosso, Executive Director of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation William T. Sullivan, ALF Golf Tournament Coordinator Jean Skidgel, TV News personality Jane Hanson, Author Tom Coyne, former ALF Honorees David Kindbergh, Jim Halpin, Jim Donaghy, Bobby Catalano, Rob Bicocchi; Medical Correspondent for Channel 2 News Dr. Max Gomez, former Major League Baseball catcher Rick Cerone, Golf Personality Marty Hackle, Host of the Augusta Golf Show John Patrick, Scott Vallary, Nancy Stone.
“I am honored to have been selected by the committee to be this year’s Business Honoree,” says Bosso. “I have supported the outing for the past ten years, and I have been amazed by the commitment from Ann and her team to raise awareness for cancer research. Cancer is a dreaded disease and we need to stamp it out. The money that is raised from this charity tournament benefits many organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, to name a few. My hope is that one day we will find a CURE, and Cancer will be a disease of the past. This can only be accomplished by raising awareness supporting such great organizations like this. Ann and team, ‘thank you’ for making this your mission. I truly appreciate and support everything you are going.”
Tom Coyne, author of ‘A COURSE CALLED AMERICA,’ signed books. Each participant was fitted for a Doc Murphy custom-stitched belt, an IBKUL shirt or pull-over, a bottle of French Pool Toy wine, an Imperial hat, Volvik golf balls, a bottle of Biolyte hydrating beverage and a bottle of Ranger Ready Repellent.
William T. Sullivan of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation spoke about the progress being made in research with various cancers.
Sponsors for the annual event were ABM, STRUCTURETONE, PLATINUM and Tommy & Shounda Foster. Donors for the charity tournament included BIOLYTE, Casa di Campo, Doc Murphy, Dooney & Burke, DORMIE Network Golf, Dune Jewelry & the Hamptons Rope Collection, FRENCH POOL TOY Wine, Greg Norman Apparel, Hidden Links, Hotel Indigo EAST END, IBKUL Athleisure Apparel, Imperial, Linda Hartough, Nancy Stone, North & West Coast Links Golf IRELAND, PEAKVISION Sunglasses, Podi & Mickey Palin, RANGER READY, TaylorMade, Tour Edge, and Volvik.
“This is a disease we are all too familiar with,” says Liguori. “We are all directly or indirectly affected by this dreadful disease and anything we can do to fight cancer has been a mission of mine for decades since our family lost my Dad to cancer in 1981. We also lost my brother to leukemia when he was 22. My sister Jean, brother Dan and I, are committed to this cause forever. And we dedicated this year’s charity tournament to our incredible Mother, Cecilia, who passed away this past March. Her generous spirit and unlimited compassion will always be our guiding light.”
“We couldn’t have our annual charity golf tourney without the help of our amazing sponsors, golfers, donors and volunteers. And the golf community is so very generous, which we’re so grateful for,” adds Liguori.
In addition to Ann’s philanthropic work, the broadcaster hosts a weekly ‘Talking Golf’ show on WFAN-NY, April – September, where she was the first woman to host a call-in sport’s show. The ‘Hey Liguori, What’s the Story’ show aired every week for 24 years. Ann was also the first woman to host her own prime-time show on The Golf Channel. Ann’s ‘Sports Innerview’ cable show aired weekly for 17 years as Ann interviewed the top legends in sports. And the ‘Sports Innerview’ radio show airs Saturday morning’s on WLIW. Liguori is also the International Brand Ambassador for IBKUL Athleisure Wear.
Jean Skidgel is the Tournament Coordinator and Daniel Liguori, a full-time college professor and musician, performed during the reception and award’s dinner.