Dick's Sporting Goods host wins N.Y. community award

November 15, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

The 16th Annual Greater Binghamton Chamber Thanksgiving Luncheon was held Nov. 15 at The McKinley in Endicott, N.Y.. A sold-out event of over 500 Chamber members and guests attended to give thanks as a community.


The recipients of the Community Advocate Award and the Corporate Citizen Award were announced. The Community Advocate of the Year is awarded to an organization that has made a significant contribution to the improvement and/or enrichment of the neighborhood it serves, or the Greater Binghamton area as a whole. The Corporate Citizen of the Year is awarded to a company that has made not only a financial commitment to the Greater Binghamton area, but a commitment to providing leadership and hands-on employee participation.

This year's Community Advocate Award recipient is Broome County Community Charities. Broome County Community Charities has served the Greater Binghamton area for over 40 years, hosting the B.C. Open on the PGA TOUR for 36 years and the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour for 5 years. Hosting the tournament generates a significant amount of business to local hotels, restaurants and shopping. But most importantly it brings golf fans in for their weekly event and hosts a major concert that has featured acts such as Maroon 5, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 and Huey Lewis and the News that many in this area look forward to every year.

Broome County Community Charities has donated a total of $9.6 million to area charities over the years. Their donations have been used to fund the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Wilson Regional Hospital, the Discovery Center and various projects at the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome.