33rd Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf Classic to Honor 50 Years of Life’s WORC Charity

Lillian Langtry
4 min readMay 11, 2021
Geraldo Rivera, Sean Hannity ©Rob Rich/Society Allure

The 33rd Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf Classic takes place at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club on Long Island on Monday May 17, 2021. Powerhouse broadcaster Sean Hannity again kicks-off the festivities to honor and raise funds for Life’s WORC, commemorating fifty years of making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Teeing off at noon, Hannity joins charity founder Vicki Schneps and the event’s host,Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera. Honorees for this year’s event include ALINE Wealth Chief Investment Officer & Founder, Peter J. Klein, and Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, PC partner, E. Christopher Murray; all local business leaders continuing the annual tradition that has helped raise millions for the cause.

After 2020’s enforced hiatus, the landmark tournament will usher in a new day of optimism, especially poignant as we mark our triumphant emergence from the shadow of COVID-19. Widely adored, the group’s mission is to provide critical services to the disabled, including a lovely and welcoming Family Center for Autism, where parents and children of all ages can find respect and relief from their sometimes difficult circumstance. 50 neighborhood residences throughout the Tri-State area provide warm, welcoming homes for adults with developmental disabilities and autism.

For decades, the groundbreaking Golf Classic and other high-profile events have helped bring hope and light to this once-marginalized population. The Life’s WORC team has been together since Geraldo’s critically acclaimed series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island in January 1972, almost half century ago.

Super-stars like John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder, John Denver and the Allman Brothers Band have all contributed with their talent and generosity. Like their concerts, charity boxing matches filled Madison Square Garden and brought thousands in celebration in Central Park. These events, including for the last 33 years the Geraldo Rivera Golf Classic, have raised millions and helped improve the lives of countless thousands.

The Sold-Out tournament runs from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm on Monday, May 17, 2021. Donations to continue the noble work of Life’s WORC are always welcome.

For more information, please visit https://lifesworc.org/event/golf/

About Geraldo Rivera: One of media’s most enduring broadcasters, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera is the Fox News Correspondent-at-Large. A rotating co-host on “The Five,” Geraldo provides regular reports and commentary on FNC’s “Fox and Friends,” “Hannity,” and various programs on Fox News and Fox Nation. Geraldo joined the network in 2001 as a war correspondent following the 9/11 attacks on his New York hometown. From 2001 until 2012 Geraldo reported from every hot spot on earth, including eleven assignments in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Rivera began his 51-year career as a television reporter at WABC-TV in New York where he presented the historic series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School for the population then described as mentally challenged.

These powerful reports are credited with ending America’s policy of institutionalizing the developmentally disabled, leading to government investigations, institutions across the nation being eventually shut down and the civilized world adopting small, community-based housing as the alternative. The subsequent sea change in the treatment of the mentally disabled is considered by Geraldo to be his most important life’s work.

The winner of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for his NBC News documentary on “Women in Prison,” his third, and the Scripps Howard Foundation national journalism award for “Back to Bedlam,” Rivera has received several hundred awards for journalism, and community service including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, two Columbia-DuPont and two additional Scripps Howard Journalism Awards.

Prior to joining Fox News, Rivera, an attorney, covered the globe for ABC News; hosted a widely-viewed series of syndicated specials, including the highest rated in history, “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault.” His eponymous talk show ran for eleven successful seasons. He later hosted CNBC’s number-one rated show, “Rivera Live,” where his critically-acclaimed coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial verdicts and the Clinton Impeachment set all-time CNBC ratings records.

About Life’s WORC: This year, Life’s WORC is proud to “Celebrate 50,” commemorating fifty years of making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supports over 2,000 people with developmental disabilities and autism through residential and community services, The Family Center for Autism, and Life’s WORC Trust Services.

Life’s WORC provides an array of services and support that facilitates a full, rich life for people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

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Lillian Langtry

Lillian Langtry is a freelance writer covering the latest events, hot spots, charities, influencers, beauty trends and more, from NYC to the Hamptons.