24th Annual East Coast Classic Highlights

June 14, 2018

The weather was perfect on June 14 as Expect Miracles Foundation hosted 250 guests at the 24th Annual East Coast Classic at Pinehills Golf Course in Plymouth, MA. For the fourth straight year, the financial services industry, led by Foundation Sponsors BNY Mellon, Eagle Investment Systems, and ICE Data Services, sold out both courses at Pinehills. Expect Miracles Foundation is extremely grateful for the support of its 24 Corporate Sponsors and the 14 firms that sponsored a hole at the tournament. With representatives from over 70 financial services firms, the industry was out in force to support the Foundation’s life-saving mission.

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After a great day on the links, guests enjoyed networking during a cocktail reception featuring an incredible raw bar and delicious lobster rolls. John Dennis, former host of WEEI Sports radio, served as the reception’s emcee. John congratulated Expect Miracles Foundation and its supporters for repeating as champions atop the Jimmy Fund Golf leaderboard and kicked off an exciting live auction featuring amazing prizes such as a trip to St. Lucia.

Co-Founder and Chairman, Frank Strauss welcomed the guests and thanked them for their loyalty, taking a moment to recognize the nights emcee John Dennis. Strauss presented Dennis with an award to thank him for lending his time and talents to the tournament for 20 years now.

Strauss then went on to thank all attendees for helping The Foundation give over $1 million to cancer research and patient care last year, and welcomed long-time supporter, Miracle Maker and Director Emeritus, Jim Keenan of Citi to introduce the guest speaker for the night.

In an emotional and heartwarming introduction, Keenan welcomed his daughter, Mary Keenan, to the stage to tell her story of being diagnosed and treated with invasive ductal carcinoma, stage 3 breast cancer.

Mary Keenan moved the crowd to tears as she shared her journey being treated at Dana-Farber. She recognized the amazing team of doctors who always went out of their way to make sure she was supported and receiving the best treatment, recalling a time when her doctor called her outside of office hours on his personal phone to make sure she was okay. Keenan thanked all the sponsors and attendees for supporting the life-saving mission of Expect Miracles Foundation and encouraged everyone to keep fighting.

Frank Heavey, Executive Director of the Foundation, was welcomed to the stage to recap some of the amazing events that Expect Miracles Foundation has already had in 2018, including the sold out 4th Annual Expect Miracles in Manhattan. He thanked the Miracle Maker Leadership Council and congratulated them on awarding over $60,000 to 8 patient care programs this year.

Next, Assistant Director Maggie Dombroski announced the upcoming Expect Miracles’ events, including the Inaugural Atlantic Coast Classic in Bedminster NJ, and the new location of the West Coast Classic, Torrey Pines in San Diego CA. She then went on to announce a new award for the evening, the Judy Award. Named in honor of the Foundation’s original volunteer, the award is given to the individual who best demonstrates altruism while generously volunteering their time and energy for the good of Expect Miracles Foundation. The Judy award was presented to its namesake, Judy Strauss, and Tony Stuart from Bank of America.

The great event would not have been possible if not for the generous support of the army of volunteers who worked a long day, the incredible event partners, all our guests, sponsors and donors. Thanks for another great tournament in support of our mission! We hope to see you in Bedminster, NJ for the Inaugural Atlantic Coast Classic on September 17.


Additional 2018 Sponsors

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State Street

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Hole Sponsors

Aberdeen Standard Investments
American Century Investments 
Brighthouse Investment Advisers
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co
Franklin Templeton Investments
 John Hancock Investments
MARS SalesFocus Solutions
PGIM Investments LLC
Putnam Investments
Tortoise Investment
Wellington Management Company
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