Our 2019 HonoreesLou Fuoco Sr., Buddy Fuoco & Steve Fuoco
The Fuoco Golf Feastival is proud to recognize the hard work of three generations of Fuoco chairmen, all of whom have been at the forefront of the event’s success for the past 50 years.
Lou Fuoco Sr.
Lou started the tournament with friends in 1959, acting as Chairperson for the next 10 years at which point it became a charitable event with proceeds being donated to benefit Cooley’s Anemia, a mediterranean blood disorder.
During that time, Louie’s granddaughter Beth Ann Fuoco was born with Spina Bifada, a physical disability that affects the spine. Three years later, Beth began attending Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, where she – and the family – fell in love with the facility. To pay it forward, Louie & his son Buddy shifting the focus of the event towards benefitting Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Everyone agreed.
Lou “Buddy” Fuoco Jr.
Buddy chaired the event for the next 16 years in partnership with the Fuoco family and the Brookhaven Italian American Club. The tournament continued to benefit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. During his tenure, the Fuoco Golf Feastival remained a very competitive golfing event… but now included some of the food stands we still enjoy today: fruit, clams, meats & cheese.
Steve took over responsibilities of event chair in 1998 and the event continued to grow. Steve worked with both the Italian American Club and now the Rotary Club of Patchogue to continue expand the tournament, in which golf has now become secondary to the Italian Food Festival present throughout the course. Who wants meatballs?
To date, the Fuoco Golf Feastival has contributed well over $2,000,000 to the camp and has also built the Fuoco Cabin on-site for the campers. Hundreds of exceptional kids and their families have been able to enjoy their summers. It is with pleasure and gratitude that we recognize the hard work of Louie, Buddy and Steve who have gotten us to this point.
Here’s to 50 more years.
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