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8th Annual Billy’s Buddies Golf Outing

At the Y, we believe all people of all abilities and should have the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Which is why we are dedicated to providing greatly needed services to the special needs community. The Y strives to support all individuals and families affected by mental and physical challenges.

“Billy’s Buddies” is an outreach program for children with Down syndrome and their families. Its goal is to create awareness and acceptance of individuals with DS, while providing their families with valuable resources and networking opportunities. Billy’s Buddies was established over a decade ago by Jimmy and Christine Hourihan, whose son Billy was diagnosed with Down syndrome. With the support of the Y, the Hourihans created a positive outreach program, demonstrating how amazing things can be achieved when people rally around an important cause.

Membership includes:

  • A caring, supportive parent network
  • Educational speakers and workshops to present accurate and up-to-date information on Down syndrome
  • Support for new parents
  • Lending library
  • Participation in the Buddy Walk of Bergen County
  • Social events for families: picnics, indoor swim sessions, holiday parties

Every year the Y holds The Billy’s Buddies Annual Golf Outing in support of this group. Board member and Chairman of the event, Lee Parker, started this event 8 years ago, by simply getting friends and family together to golf. This year, there are about 80 golfers participating. On Thursday July 14th, they will tee off at Ballyowen Golf Course, enjoying breakfast, a driving range, BBQ lunch, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, award reception, prizes, auction and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to support Billy’s Buddies program to defray costs associated with membership, which gives the opportunity for not just the children affected by DS, but whole families, to share resources and experiences. By creating awareness and expanding support networks, we can help these children reach their fullest potential.

If you’d like to be an event sponsor, please contact Jen Kaplan at 201-891-2081 ext 211.

By: Tracy L. Nieradka