More than 80 golfers recently teed off at the Glen Cove Golf Club to raise funds for Cycle for Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking.
Twenty foursomes came out on a warm and sunny day to play the course, many of them colleagues of Santhosh Paulus, MD, associate program director at Glen Cove Hospital’s Family Residency and president and founder of Cycle for Change. The golfers and more than 60 sponsors raised more than $12,000, to be donated to charities working directly with survivors of human trafficking in the U.S. and internationally.
Cycle for Change, the brainchild of Paulus and his wife, Rajdeep, who have four young daughters, came up with their mission of more than five years ago to make a difference for victims trapped in some form of slavery. The victims are mostly young girls between the ages of 7 and 15. According to the 2014 Global Slavery Index, almost 36 million people are caught in some form of slavery.
An avid cyclist, Paulus planned a cycling challenge for a small team to ride 3,400 miles in 34 days from Seattle to New York to raise funds and awareness for human trafficking issues. The cyclists, crew and the entire Paulus family set off on June 26 in a 47-foot RV to start the challenge. The cyclists are scheduled to arrive at the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club in Locust Valley on Aug. 1 for a welcome home barbeque. More than 100 cyclists are expected to meet up with the cross country cycling team on Long Island, and in a show of support, ride with them to the finish line.
After the golf outing, a dinner for 150 people took place at The View Grill in Glen Cove to honor top golfers and continue fundraising with donated raffle prizes. Dr. Leonardo Huertas, Dr. John Reyes, Dr. Gerry Vitale and Dr. Eric Hochberg were the foursome with the lowest score. Winning the men’s and women’s longest drive prizes were Jim Giaccone and Virginia Burns. Dr. Richard Zen, Hochberg and Dr. Robert Sheehy were among the Beat the Pro Winners.
At the evening event, Glen Cove Mayor Reggie Spinello awarded a citation to Paulus for his work with Cycle for Change, and honored Dr. John Reyes and his father, Dr. Gregorio Reyes, who have tirelessly served people in the North Shore community.