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Farmingdale groups targeted for $47G in PGA donations

A sign near the first hole of the

A sign near the first hole of the Bethpage State Park's Black Course announces The Barclays, a PGA tournament. Credit: James Esche, 2012

The Village of Farmingdale has designated five organizations and one school district to receive donations totaling $47,000 from PGA Tour Inc.

The PGA Tour will make the donation as a thank you to the village for being the host community of its Barclays 2012 golf tournament at Bethpage Black. The Florida-nonprofit donates money to charitable organizations in the communities that host its tournaments and lets the municipality earmark where the money goes. Those designations are subject to approval by PGA Tour.

The largest donation, $21,000, was designated to the Farmingdale school district’s welfare fund, which holds fundraisers that typically raise about $500, according to district assistant superintendent for business Paul Defendini.

One example of what they buy is for “a student that needs eyeglasses but wouldn’t be in a situation to be able to pay for on their own,” he said. “Where they wouldn’t have another means of getting it, we would intervene and use the welfare fund to help,” Defendini said.

The village also designated $7,000 for the American Legion’s Angel Bikes program to buy two special bicycles for veterans who have lost legs or use of their legs. Four organizations were designated to receive $4,750 each for their charitable programs: Farmingdale United Methodist Church, St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Farmingdale Community Summit Council.

The Farmingdale Community Summit Council had its tax exemption revoked last year by the Internal Revenue Service for failing to file its 990 tax forms for three years. Dan Kornfeld, the group’s treasurer, said it was aware of the problem and its accountant was working to file all the forms and get its status reinstated. The volunteer organization was formed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and works to help needy families and promote literacy.

When asked about the group tax status, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he would look into it.

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