LONG ISLAND, NY, March 31, 2015 – COPE Foundation, Inc. (Connecting Our Paths Eternally), a grief support organization for parents and families living with the loss of a child, will hold its ninth annual golf outing on May 18, 2015 at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich, New York. Over 200 golfers and supporters are expected to attend COPE’s biggest event of the year, which raises 75% 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 eight years. For more information about the 2015 COPE Golf Outing, visit

This year’s COPE event will honor Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado, CEO and Founder of Coastal Advisors, LLC which specializes in insurance needs for professional athletes and entertainers. Rich also supports numerous charities both within his hometown area in New York City and nationwide supporting his clients’ philanthropic efforts. Kristen Del Vecchio Glosserman will receive the COPE Sibling Recognition Award for her generosity to the community in her support of various organizations – serving on boards, planning fundraising events and sharing her expertise as a certified life coach, in addition to co-owning several restaurants with her husband Marc. Kristen lost her younger brother Michael when she was 13 years old, and COPE helped her deal with her loss.


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 Camp Erin® NYC (August 28-30, 2015).

“I am proud that COPE has grown over the past 16 years from a small group of parents meeting for support in each others’ homes to an organization that helps so many people, about 20% more families every year,” remarks Lillian Julien, COPE’s President and Co-founder. “We are proud to honor not only an incredibly generous philanthropist such a Rich Salgado who does so much for the local community, but also a sibling who, thanks to support from COPE, was able to convert her grief into a deeper appreciation of life.”

Among COPE’s supporters and previous event participants are New York Knicks producer Spencer Julien, whose family started COPE, and many former players and announcers from Madison Square Garden, including former New York Knicks superstar and Hall-of-Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier; Al Trautwig, host of MSG’s Knicks and Rangers telecasts; Dave Maloney, Former NY Ranger and MSG Analyst; Jill Martin, Today Show correspondent and Knicks reporter; and Butch Goring, four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the NY Islanders and current analyst for MSG Networks.

Sponsors of this year’s golf outing include BC Enterprises (Bill Cooperman) in memory of David Berg, Lillian Julien in memory of Michelle and Robert Julien, Judy and Richard Berg in memory of David Joshua Berg, Kristen and Marc Glosserman in memory of Michael Del Vecchio, The Slovin and Schweitzer Families, Patti and Dave Greenberg in memory of Sharon Gallucci, Moneywatch Advisors, Plainview Oral & Maxillofacial Associates, P.C., the Mordfin Group, and Madison Square Garden, among others.

About the COPE Foundation
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 700 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, funeral homes, schools 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 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 Camp Erin NYC, 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.



Karen Flyer
Executive Director, COPE
Phone: (516) 484-4993

Cindy Mardenfeld
COPE Golf Outing Director
Phone: (347) 460-6176

Ann Fuchs
Director, Camp Erin NYC
Phone: (914) 939-5338