MANHASSET, NY -- Sports stars, celebrities, and local business leaders will converge at Oheka Castle at The Cold Spring Harbor Country Club for the Second Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, June 24, to benefit North Shore- LIJ’s Brain Aneurysm Center.
“Big Daddy,” as he is known to sports fans and television viewers, is Rich Salgado, a New Hyde Park, NY native and former football player from the University of Maryland and owner of Coastal Advisors, LLC, an insurance company which serves professional athletes and industry leaders.
The Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic was inspired by a real life-threatening experience when Mr.Salgado suffered a sudden brain aneurysm in 2008 and was treated by David Chalif, MD and Avi Setton, MD, co-directors of North Shore-LIJ’s Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Thanks to Dr. Chalif and Dr. Setton, along with the dedicated expertise of the hospital’s nurses and support staff, Mr. Salgado made a complete recovery. Mr. Salgado made a heartfelt decision to “pay it forward” by organizing an annual philanthropic event to help raise funds for the hospital’s clinical and research programs.
“I am here today because of the outstanding medical care I received from North Shore-LIJ’s Brain Aneurysm Center,” said Mr. Salgado. “Dr. Chalif and Dr. Setton saved my life and I owe both of these physicians a great deal of gratitude! I knew from the moment after my surgery, I wanted to help the doctors and nurses who got me through one of the most life-altering experiences of my life.”
Last year, the first annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic raised $70,000 for North Shore-LIJ’s Brain Aneurysm Center. An array of Mr. Salgado’s sports celebrity clients and friends including Jason Kidd, Michael Strahan and Mike Tyson, amongst many others, helped make the tournament a success in its first year.
This year, an impressive roster of elite professional sports celebrities, including former professional athletes Tiki Barber, Charles Oakley, Gary Sheffield, and New York Giants Justin Tuck, will be among the participants. In addition, the event will cite two honorees: Michael Strahan, former New York Giants All-Pro Linebacker and current co-host of the nationally syndicated “Live with Kelly and Michael,” and Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR Realty, a leading real estate company in the New York tri-state area.
“We are so grateful to Mr. Salgado in his efforts to promote awareness about brain aneurysms,” said David Chalif, MD, chief of neurovascular neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and co-director of North Shore-LIJs Brain Aneurysm Center. “The funds raised from the event, will enable us to further brain aneurysm research, as well as to further educate the public about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm.”
To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets and make a donation, please go to bigdaddygolfclassic.com. For any press requests to cover the event, please email: [email protected].
For more information about North Shore-LIJs Brain Aneurysm Center, go to neurocni.com or call 516-562-3070.