Upstate News

January 22, 2002
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Fourth Annual SUNY Upstate Skins Game slated for June is canceled

The Fourth Annual SUNY Upstate Skins Game slated for June 18 at the Lafayette Golf and Country Club has been canceled, SUNY Upstate officials announced today.

“We were unable to secure the sponsorships that made this such a marvelous event for all of Central New York,” said Eileen Pezzi, SUNY Upstate vice president for development.

Pezzi said there continues to be widespread enthusiasm for the charity golf event to benefit Upstate Medical University Foundation, but the less than robust economy and Sept. 11, has made corporate dollars harder to come by this year.

“I think for some of our sponsors, supporting a charity golf event in the face of an uncertain economy, was a difficult decision to make,” she said. “And we certainly respect that and understand their decisions.”

Pezzi said she knew early in the planning phase for this year’s event that attracting sponsors might be difficult. “We understood that many budgets earmarked for charity, had already been spent for causes related to Sept. 11, so we knew our sponsors might have a difficult time supporting us this year.”

Corporate sponsorships are key to the success of the SUNY Upstate Skins Game. Pezzi said area businesses offered generous support to defray many of the costs in putting on the event. “We wanted this event to remain affordable, while at the same time raising money for an outstanding cause and giving everyone a great time,” she said. “We would not want to put on this event without providing the public with a top flight event.”

The past skins games, held in 1999, 2000 and 2001, attracted nearly 18,000 people and raised nearly $400,000 for the Upstate Medical University Foundation to support research, teaching and patient care.

Pezzi said the foundation remains hopeful that the Skins Game will return in the future. “Not only does this event benefit SUNY Upstate, I believe it serves the Central New York area extremely well. It attracts fans from across the region and gives them access to some of golf’s great players.”

Arnold Palmer, John Daly, Billy Casper, Jeff Sluman, Gary Player and Chi Chi Rodriguez were among the top draws for the event, since its inception in 1999.

Individuals who have already purchased tickets for the June 18 SUNY Upstate Skins Game, should call the Upstate Medical University Foundation at 464-4416 to obtain a refund.

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