In 1996, the idea of hosting an Ellicott Development golf tournament was encouraged by Belesario Paladino, the father of Carl Paladino, and Leon McCoy, a residential leasing agent and brother-in-law to Carl Paladino. Just a few months after beginning to organize the outing, Belesario Paladino passed away. In honor of his memory, the golf tournament was named “Ellicott Development Company Belesario Paladino Golf Tournament”. Sadly, a little more than a decade later, tragedy struck in 2009 when Patrick Paladino, son of Carl, passed away from a car accident. Patrick always looked forward to this event as he loved playing with family and close friends. This brought upon the renaming of the event “The Ellicott Development Belesario A. Paladino and Patrick J. Paladino Golf Tournament.”
This year has marked the 20th anniversary of the golf tournament, an event where vendors, friends, and family of Ellicott Development Company get together to play golf. On Saturday, August 1st, over 100 golfers participated with groups of four on each team. All funds brought in are donated to charities that are determined by the five committee members, Leon McCoy, Barbara Juryniec, Marie Mauro, Kathy Linhardt and Joe Hannon (all employees of Ellicott Development). Last year’s donations went to Wounded Warrior Project, City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, Joyful Rescues, and Wings Flights of Hope. Donations also allowed us to send boys to Boy Scout Camp.
Each year, Ellicott Development honors someone who has passed away. This year we honored “The Boss” Robert Liguori Sr. and committee member, Nickie Rosati; both who have gone to play golf in heaven.
To everyone who has been involved and participated in our golf tournament, we appreciate you and your support for a great cause. We hope you had a wonderful time. Cheers to 20 years!