Our Story, Our Mission.
Farmingdale Turkey Bowl Charity Inc. was created to help local children and families and shelters in need.
Initially in 2006 the Turkey Bowl charity event was created to honor and continue the work by then recently deceased Raymond Fettig of Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Observer posted “Remembering Ray” by then Mayor George J. Graf. He wrote that “Ray was remembered as an inveterate volunteer who dedicated his life to coaching, teaching and assisting the children of our community. He coached, he also wrote that “Ray's daughter Patricia, during his eulogy, asked that to honor her father that everyone tries to do one unselfish act of kindness each day. She said it didn't have be anything elaborate. Just smiling at a stranger, asking how your elderly neighbor is, assisting someone in need. It's a very simple request. Obviously if you have the time to coach or assist any one of our sports or community groups, that's even better.”
The annual Turkey Bowl was run under the Farmingdale Soccer Club through 2014. In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2013 the tournament raised close to $40,000 which were used to help local families. Some families are still displaced, their homes in disrepair. Each year participants are asked to bring cans of food or cleaning supplies and new unwrapped toys. Event T-Shirts are sold as an additional source of income.
In 2015 The Farmingdale Turkey Bowl Charity Inc. was officially established as a New York State and federally approved not-for-profit Corporation. We will continue to work with other charities such as The Harry Chapin Foundation and John Theissen Children's Foundation by collecting food, cleaning supplies, and new unwrapped toys. No one that works for or with us is monetarily compensated. All benefits come from the satisfaction of helping others in needs, making new friends, and enjoying the day.
We are grateful to all the tournament participants, their families, and volunteers who help in all facets of the event and organization, The Town of Oyster Bay who provides the soccer fields and all of our sponsors. Thank you for your tireless effort and endless support.
Farmingdale Turkey Bowl Charity Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law.
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