The New York State Laborers' Union represents over 40,000 members employed in the construction industry and other fields throughout the state.
Our members are organized into more than 24 local unions and 5 district councils. We are a proud affiliate of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).
ALBANY, NY - On August 11th, the 3rd annual New York State Laborers'' Golf Classic will be held to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York. This year, the Laborers will donate over $20,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York.
These funds will be used to help make dreams come true for children in the 518 area code with a life-threatening medical condition. The philanthropic event has been an important part of the Laborers efforts to build strong community ties across the state. The popular tournament has gained momentum in its third installment, evidenced by the increased number of funds raised this year.
The Make-A-Wish Chapter of Northeast New York began in 1986, and has since granted the wishes of more than 630 children.
The New York State Laborers' golf classic, held at Saratoga National Golf Course, is a daylong event that includes local unions from across the state, contractor partners and others that have been invited to help this unique non-profit organization.
This year, the reception immediately following the tournament will include remarks from local wish child Bethany and her family. Bethany, a 16 year old from Eagle Bridge, NY, who has been diagnosed with leukemia, has wanted to be an actress since the second grade. According to Bethany, being in a movie is "the one true thing I ever really wanted."
In May 2004, her wish came true. She traveled to Los Angeles to appear in an upcoming Paramount Pictures release as a result of her wish. Bethany also got an agent, and is being considered for her very own show on Nickelodeon. With such success, it is no surprise that Bethany says the Make-A-Wish Foundation is "how (she) got started in the acting business. This helped jump start all of my dreams."
“We are excited to be involved with such a great organization for our third year,” said Frank Marchese, executive director of NYS LECET. “These children need our help. To know that the money we raise from the generosity of members across the state goes to such an excellent cause helps everyone see the day as more than a golf tournament. We take great pride in getting truly involved in our community by helping these children and their families.”
Bryan LaVigne, the foundation’s executive director agreed that the day is more than a golf tournament. “It is obvious how much pride Frank and all of the members of the union have in the work they do to benefit our children. A very warm welcome always awaits the family who attends the event, with members really embracing them and showing their support. The funds raised to date have gone a long way in helping us make local children’s wishes come true. We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership again this year.”