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Golden Lions Look Forward to Charity Tournament

The Sons of Italy-Columbus Lodge’s softball team, the Golden Lions, is preparing for its opening day softball event on April 10 at the 17th annual charity tournament benefiting St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, while having fun playing softball.

The event will feature softball teams throughout the metropolitan area and Long Island. Its organizer, Kenny Schmidt of CJ Sullivan’s American Grill in Bayside, runs the event in memory of his daughter who died from brain cancer. For further information about participating in the event, contact Kenny by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Over the past 14 years, the Golden Lions have used their softball talents to raise money for many local organizations including the Arthritis Foundation, Easter Seals, C.J. Rovin Foundation, NYC Sand Lot Baseball, Ronald McDonald House, and Cohen Children’s Hospital of New York, formerly Schneider Children’s Hospital. Their participation in these events has raised over $832,000.

While playing in charity softball events to raise money for a good cause is once aspect of the team, the players concede that once they hit the field the goal is to win the tournament. Since inception, the Golden Lions have won 19 charity and non-charity tournaments. Other notable accomplishments have been reaching the semi-finals in both the NYC Mayor’s Cup and ABA Turkey Shoot Out in 2004.

In line with the philanthropic endeavors of the Sons of Italy, the Golden Lions’ commitment to its community goes beyond softball. Players have manned the telephones at the Telecare Tele-a-thon, bowled at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl-a-thon, and lent guidance at the Nassau Country Special Olympics.   

“We’ve had some wonderful players throughout the years and when it ends there are so many memories we can fondly look back at,” said Ed Bochynski, second vice president of Columbus Lodge.

The Columbus Lodge is a not-for-profit fraternal organization and member of the Order Sons of Italy in America. The lodge offers its members various social and recreational activities and its charitable donations to local charities and scholarship program have made it a fabric in the community. To become a member of this dynamic organization, contact membership chairman Gary Caparco at (516) 799-2613.