Foundation assists families with children’s funeral costs

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The Denis S. Barry Foundation, which provides assistance to families struggling with funeral costs of children who have died from terminal illnesses, will hold a fundraising event at the Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington on Aug. 31.

The foundation, which works in conjunction with the Marty Lyons Foundation, which fulfills wishes of children suffering from untreatable illnesses, was started in 2004 to honor Denis S. Barry, who was a longtime board member of the Marty Lyons Foundation.

“Unfortunately, some of the wish children, after experiencing their dream wish and much suffering, have passed on. I have learned many lessons from the heart-wrenching stories of families that could not afford the funeral expenses for these children,” said Warren Larkin, the president of the Denis S. Barry Foundation 

The fundraiser will be a day-night benefit, where patrons will play golf in the day and smoke cigars and have dinner at night, starting at 7 p.m., according to a release.

“This will be a fun get-together and a very important fundraiser for our foundation,” Larkin said. “I have volunteered with the Marty Lyons Foundation for a number of years.”

This is the foundation’s second annual cigar night, Larkin said, and it is expecting  75 to 100 people.

Upon entry to the golf club, patrons will receive three premium cigars, Larkin said. Then, while walking around and enjoying a cocktail hour, buffet and bar, the patrons will visit special vodka and scotch stations, he added.

In the past, the foundation has hosted golf events, but Larkin said that the cigar night is another good way to raise funds for the foundation and for families in need. 

“Words cannot describe the feelings of family members when the Denis S. Barry Foundation, through its generosity and caring, provides them with financial assistance at a time of inconsolable grief and financial uncertainty,” said Marty Lyons, founder of the Marty Lyons Foundation. “Our board, staff and the families involved in our wish program are profoundly grateful to the Denis S. Barry Foundation and the manner in which it has carried out its noble mission. This fundraiser is important to both of our missions and we appreciate all the support we can get.” 

The cost of the event is $150 per person and for those playing golf, it’s $70 per golfer with a cart. Tee times start at 11:30 a.m.

For tee times, contact Warren Larking: (347) 386-6172.

By Stephen Romano

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