THE EXAMINER: Armonk Firm Helps Golf Foundation to Raise Funds


The First Tee Metropolitan New York (TFTMNY) recently held its fifth annual 19th Hole on the Park fundraiser at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to benefit its Path to College Program. At the center of this event was a 50-foot putting green where guests could share in a friendly contest throughout the night. Michael Lehrer, president and CEO of Home Green Advantage in Armonk, supplied this green for the event.

Home Green Advantage, a golf green putting installation company specializing in the installation of residential, commercial, and promotional golf greens, has been providing the putting green for the past several years, allowing partygoers to challenge one another and themselves to see who can make the hole-in-one.

Aside from the contribution of the green, Lehrer has also donated about $10,000 to the Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation (MGA) since 2008. The foundation helps young, underprivileged and physically disabled golfers.

MGA Executive Director Jay Mottola said he has shared many great professional experiences with Lehrer. “I’ve worked with Michael on various projects including a putting green for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at the Westchester Medical

Center, a putting and chipping green at our MGA Headquarters Golf Central in Elmsford, a putting green and tee-line project at our First Tee facility at the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Bridgeport, Conn., and on a significant tee and putting green renovation project at our First Tee facility at Weequahic Park in Newark, N.J.,” Mottola said. “In each of these cases, Michael exceeded expectations, while at the same time donating part of his services for ‘the good of the game.’” MGA continues to lead efforts to make golf accessible for young people with their junior competitions, educational programs, caddie academies and the many other programs and events they offer and regularly hold. As a golf enthusiast and longtime supporter of the foundation, Lehrer understands the significance of these events. “I am a firm believer in giving back to the community and helping out the game of golf,” Lehrer said. “First Tee does a wonderful job with the kids and I am happy to help them achieve their goals.” “Each year at our 19th Hole on the Park fundraiser, Michael donates his time and efforts to set up a 50- foot putting green in the center of the ballroom. It is the highlight of the evening and our guests absolutely love trying to make that long putt,” said Kate Keller, director of member services, public relations and special events. “Since day one, Michael has been a great supporter of the Young Benefactors and of The First Tee of Metropolitan New York .”

For more info on the The First Tee program or the Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation, call 914-347-4653 or visit www.mgagolf.org. To learn more about Home Green Advantage, visit www.homegreenadvantage.com.

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