Posted on | April 19, 2013
Written by | Cara McIlwaine
For 72 Years, The 50 Club of New York has been connecting the industry and community.
The 50 Club of New York was established in 1941, when 50 wholesale liquor distributors existed in Metro New York, hence the name. A top salesman was selected from each company to form The 50 Club and bring cohesion to the industry. As the market changed over the years, membership has expanded to include supplier representatives in addition to multiple members from the distribution community. Amidst all the change in the industry, the theme of The 50 Club remains brotherhood and charity.
An annual golf outing was established that first year to provide an organized way to raise funds for several local charities and to contribute to the community at-large. Proceeds from fundraisers throughout the year go toward a number of charities, with AHRC-Nassau, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities, the primary recipient. Last year, The 50 Club proudly raised $40,000 for AHRC.
Over the years, a number of prominent industry families, including the Merinoffs and Silvers, have supported the wonderful work of AHRC. As a tribute to Gertrude Merinoff’s dedication to AHRC for many years, the Club bestows the Gertrude Merinoff Humanitarian Award on industry members demonstrating exceptional contributions to our industry. Past recipients have included heads of major distributors, supplier executives and key on- and off-premise proprietors and prominent union officials. This year’s recipients include Greg Brayman, Pheonix/Beehive; Robert Epstein, Bacardi; and Jason Glasser, Beverage Media. They will be honored at the 2013 Golf Outing in June.
Statistical experts put the odds of scoring a hole-in-one on a par-3 hole at 45,000:1. At last year’s 50 Club Golf Outing, a lucky guest proved to be that one.
Richard DeStefano was just enjoying a care-free summer day of golf. Then he sank a hole-in-one on the 13th hole of the Tam O’Shanter course. This feat entitled Richard to a $40,000 prize. Overjoyed, he generously donated a portion of his winnings to AHRC Nassau.
Come join the fun at this year’s Golf Outing which takes place Monday, June 17th at the Tam O’Shanter Club. This year, try your luck and see if you might be the next Richard DeStefano!