Winter Tournament Will Benefit Local Hudson Valley Families - Daily Hudson Valley News

Winter Tournament Will Benefit Local Hudson Valley Families

Feb 7th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles

On Sunday, February 15th, the 18th Annual Tony Cappillino Memorial Tournament will again take place in Poughkeepsie’s River District. A February tradition, this event raises money for local families throughout the Hudson Valley.  With over 300 participants and hundreds of others in the sidelines, this event is an afternoon of fun and fundraising.  Hosted by the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Dutchess Beer Distributors, the businesses involved this year include:  Amici’s, The  Derby, Caffe Aurora, Milanese, Mahoney’s, Noah’s Ark, and Tavern 23.

The Tournament begins with a shot-gun start at 12pm, and up to 75-teams of four players will play nine holes of miniature golf.  Everyone begins at a pre-determined  location, and they walk or take taxis (provided free during the event), to the other participating restaurants while filling their golf scorecard.  Throughout the day there are give-aways, raffles, gift bags, and food. Following the Tournament is an Awards dinner at Mahoney’s.

The Tony Cappillino Memorial Tournament began in 1997 as a tribute to Tony Cappillino, the former owner and operator of Dutchess Beer Distributors.  Many of the restaurant owners in the Poughkeepsie River District personally knew and worked with Mr. Cappillino, and decided to honor his memory with an event that would benefit the community.  The money that is raised by the Tournament from hole sponsors, players fees, and raffles, goes directly to the area person and his/her family.  This year, the proceeds from this event will go to the family of Steven Hart, and the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Local resident, Steven Hart passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the Town of Poughkeepsie. His wife Heather and his family need support now and for the future in raising their three children, Matthew, Kevin, and Colleen.

The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by the family and friends of Ryan McElroy.  Ryan lost his life to cancer just before his fifth birthday.  The foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support the children living in our community that are afflicted with cancer or other life threatening diseases by improving the quality of life for them and their family.

The funds raised from this event help to make a difference to these families, and each year this event has grown in sponsors, players, and those who just come to watch others play.  “It’s a unique event, and a great way to spend the afternoon in the middle of February,” added Lou Strippoli, owner of Caffe Aurora

For those interested in playing in this year’s Tournament, the cost is $65.00 per person.  This includes golf, first drink in your starting establishment, gift bags, raffles, shirt, food at each establishment, and buffet dinner following the Tournament.  There are also various sponsorship levels still available for businesses and individuals.  To participate in this event or to find out more information, call Lou Strippoli at (845) 454-1900, or visit the website at


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