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Golf Outing Supports Bereavement Programs

COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally), a grief support organization for parents and families living with the loss of a child, will hold its eighth annual golf outing on May 19, at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich. More than 200 golfers and supporters are expected to attend COPE’s biggest event of the year, which raises 75 percent of the organization’s annual budget. The event brings together individuals, families and organizations to pay tribute to loved ones and honor supporters, and has raised more than $1 million from generous corporate and individual sponsors over the past seven years. For more information about the 2014 COPE Golf Outing, visit www.copefoundation.org.

This year’s COPE event will honor Michael Corpuel and the Corpuel and Brown families from Camp Wayne, the site of COPE-Camp Erin New York City, a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17. Michael Corpuel is also being honored separately for his unwavering dedication to COPE as a board member and adviser since the non-profit’s inception in 1999.

Funds raised from the event will enable COPE to develop and expand its programming and outreach and fund COPE’s support groups, workshops and events, since the organization does not ask families to pay for most of COPE’s services. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting COPE-Camp Erin NYC (Aug. 22-24).  

“I am proud that COPE has grown over the past 15 years from a small group of parents meeting for support in each others’ homes to an organization that helps so many people,” says Lillian Julien, COPE’s president and co-founder. “Our recent partnership with the Moyer Foundation to sponsor COPE-Camp Erin NYC has enabled COPE to broaden its mission to help children who have lost a loved one, in addition to helping the hundreds of parents who have lost a child and benefited from our services. Funds raised through this year’s golf outing will help fund our new COPE House, where parents and siblings can come together in a tranquil setting for support groups and healing workshops.”

About COPE

COPE, a not-for-profit foundation, 501(c)(3), is dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. Since 1999, COPE has served the needs of approximately 680 families on Long Island by providing emotional, therapeutic, and spiritual programs. These include parent and sibling support groups, individual support, alternative healing workshops, and a variety of special programs for clergy and mental health professionals. In addition to assisting local families, COPE’s grief hotline (COPEline) and website have enabled the non-profit to provide grieving individuals outside of Long Island with immediate support, resources, and referrals.

About COPE-Camp Erin NYC

Offered in more than 40 communities nationwide, Camp Erin® is a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17 that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. COPE partners with the Moyer Foundation as the New York City affiliate for COPE-Camp Erin, held annually at Camp Wayne in Preston Park, PA, to help children from the tri-state area who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. COPE Golf Outing honorees, the Corpuel and Brown families, donate the use of their beautiful summer camp to COPE every August for COPE-Camp Erin New York City.