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Charity auctions access to golf clubs to help frontline workers



Eric Sedransk

“What can I do to help?”

How many of us have asked questions about ourselves in the past three months?

This is a question that no doubt confronts those fortunate enough not to be part of the frightening statistics related to the COVID-19 pandemic – whether millions have contracted it or tens of millions have lost their jobs as a result.

Since mid-March, we have witnessed nurses and doctors, police, paramedics and firefighters, dispatchers and grocery store workers continue their work and wonder what we would do without their courage on the front lines.

Last month, I was introduced to Eric Sedransk, a 35-year-old Jersey City resident and a diligent golfer, and I felt humbled by his smart initiative and simplicity where he found a way to help the sport we both like. for.

Sedransk created the “Member4aday Auction,” using golf as a vehicle to collect important money for frontline hospital workers in New York City.

He reached out to some of the most prestigious golf courses in the country and asked if they would donate one round of golf to the four so he could auction off for COVID-19 assistance.

Sedransk raised $ 101,186 in a week-long auction, which yielded 202 percent more than the stated goal.

Eric Sedransk
Eric SedranskEric Sedransk

“I set a target of $ 50,000 and, to be honest, I don’t think I have the opportunity to approach it, but I think it is aiming high,” he said. “I think I’ll raise maybe $ 20,000.”

Every penny of $ 101,186 goes to the Sedransk charity sedative, Frontline Project – which was founded by TNT reporter Allie LaForce and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith, to whom Sedransk was introduced by one of the donors for his auction, Dormie Network. The Frontline Project was created by LaForce and Smith to buy food from restaurants and send it to frontline hospital workers.

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LaForce estimates that the money raised by Sedransk will provide between 10,000 and 12,500 food for hospital workers in the city.

The origin of the Sedransk project is the most surprising where it answers that question that bothers us: “What can I do to help?”

When quarantined at his mother’s home in Hilton Head, SC, where the golf course was never closed during the COVID-19 crisis, he said, “I feel this incredible guilt when I play golf while my friends and family in New York fight the pandemic. It encouraged me to do this like no one had ever pushed me before – trying to find a way that I could give back, which eventually led to this auction. “

Before he was laid off just before the pandemic struck, Sedransk carried out business development and partnerships for technology companies, so the background lent himself to making online auctions.

“I have just begun to reach some people I have known all my life, through business and through personal relationships,” he said. “I said, ‘Why not just reach out?’ Worse becomes worse, they will say, “No.” But I am raising money for COVID-19 for hospitals and frontline workers in New York City. No one will tell me, ‘Don’t call me.’ Even if they say, ‘No,’ they will say, ‘Thank you.’ It’s like the softest sale on earth, so I thought, why not try it? “

Sedransk’s first nickname was for a private course outside Philadelphia called Rolling Green, because he knew the chief professional happened to follow him on Instagram.

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“I actually sent him a message on Instagram and he replied,” Yes, “Sedransk said.” Honestly, that’s all I need. I want to think that even if the first person says, “No,” I will continue. But like what whatever you do in life, if the first is what you need to carry on. Many places say, ‘No,’ because their rules don’t allow it. Some say, ‘Yes.’ “

Not just “a few.” Forty-eight of them.

Shinnecock Hills said yes.

Likewise with Friar’s Head, the course Phil Mickelson told me was “his favorite golf course in the world.”

Silo Ridge, part of the exclusive Discovery Land Company, said yes.

So is Medal, Tiger Woods home course.

Same with Sleepy Hollow, one of the regional gems in Westchester.

Prestwick in Scotland, the site of the British Open for the first time (October 1860), said yes, like the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.

“The response was outrageous,” Sedransk said.

So, too, is the end result.

“I think I can really use something,” he said. “I think there is a much greater opportunity to create a platform around golf and give away – auctions, prizes, events, content.”

Sedransk was successful with a one-day member auction so on Monday he launched another fundraising project to raise more money for COVID-19 assistance in New York City.

This one is a draw for one round of golf with former Yankee Johnny Damon at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, a course that holds the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational, and one round of golf with former Giants star Justin Tuck at the Whipperwill Golf Club in Westchester.

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Sedransk worked in concert with Damon, who donated a threesome on Bay Hill. Those who are interested can find more information at

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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