September 07, 2007

Long Island unions to help fight ALS

Source: NYSUT Communications

Union members from across Long Island and the New York City metropolitan area are hitting the links for a good cause this Columbus Day.

On Monday, Oct. 8, NYSUT members will be participating in the 5th Annual Long Island Educators & Health Care Professionals Cup, to benefit a scholarship program for high school seniors and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurological disease with no known cure. It claims 6,000 lives a year in America alone. The golf event also is affiliated with "Ride for Life," a charity founded by Long Island educator Christopher Pendergrast to raise money for ALS research.

NYSUT and more than 50 of its local unions from across Long Island are sponsoring the event, which will be held at the Stonebridge Golf Links and Country Club in Hauppauge. Check-in is at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. There will be raffles and prizes, and the Port Jefferson Teachers Association will be defending its 2006 championship. For more information on the outing, e-mail Michael Dinowitz at Michael@rideforlife.com.