How many people have requested that query of ourselves throughout the previous three months?
It’s a query that undoubtedly has confronted those that’ve been lucky sufficient to not have develop into part of the horrifying statistics related to the COVID-19 pandemic — whether or not it’s the hundreds of thousands who’ve contracted it or the tens of hundreds of thousands who’ve misplaced their jobs on account of it.
Since mid-March, we’ve watched the nurses and medical doctors, police, paramedics and firefighters, supply personnel and grocery retailer employees stick with it with their jobs and questioned what we’d do with out their bravery on the entrance strains.
Final month, I used to be launched to Eric Sedransk, a 35-year-old Jersey Metropolis resident and avid golfer, and I used to be humbled by his intelligent initiative and the simplicity through which he discovered a approach to assist with the game we each have a ardour for.
Sedransk created his “Member4aday Public sale,’’ utilizing golf as a car to boost vital cash for the front-line hospital employees in New York Metropolis.
He reached out to a few of the most prestigious golf programs within the nation and requested in the event that they’d be keen to donate a spherical of golf for a foursome so he may public sale it off to learn COVID-19 reduction.
Sedransk raised $101,186 within the week-long public sale, which produced 202 % greater than his acknowledged aim.
“I set the aim at $50,000 and, to be sincere, I didn’t suppose I had an opportunity of getting anyplace close to that, however I figured intention excessive,’’ he mentioned. “I assumed I used to be going to boost possibly $20,000.’’
Each penny of that $101,186 went to Sedransk’s charity of selection, Mission Frontline — which was based by TNT reporter Allie LaForce and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith, to whom Sedransk was launched by one of many donors to his public sale, the Dormie Community. Mission Frontline was created by LaForce and Smith to purchase meals from eating places and ship them to front-line hospital employees.
LaForce estimated the cash Sedransk raised will present between 10,000 and 12,500 meals to hospital employees within the metropolis.
The genesis of Sedransk’s undertaking is what strikes residence essentially the most in that he answered that query nagging many people: “What can I do to assist?’’
Whereas quarantining at his mom’s residence in Hilton Head, S.C., the place the golf programs by no means closed through the COVID-19 disaster, he mentioned, “I felt this overwhelming quantity of guilt that I used to be taking part in golf whereas my family and friends in New York are battling a pandemic. That drove me to do that like nothing has ever pushed me earlier than — making an attempt to determine ways in which I may give again, which in the end led to this public sale.’’
Earlier than he was laid off simply earlier than the pandemic hit, Sedransk ran enterprise improvement and partnerships for tech firms, in order that background lent itself to creating a web based public sale.
“I simply began reaching out to some individuals I’ve gotten to know by means of life, by means of enterprise and although private relationships,’’ he mentioned. “I mentioned, ‘Why not simply attain out?’ Worse involves worse, they’re going to say, ‘No.’ However I’m elevating cash for COVID-19 for hospitals and front-line employees in New York Metropolis. Nobody’s going to inform me, ‘Don’t name me.’ Even when they are saying, ‘No,’ they’re going to say, ‘Thanks.’ It’s just like the softest promote on earth, so I figured, why not strive it?’’
Sedransk’s first name was to a personal course exterior of Philadelphia known as Rolling Inexperienced, as a result of he knew the top professional occurs to observe him on Instagram.
“I actually despatched him a message on Instagram and he responded, ‘Sure,’ ” Sedransk mentioned. “Truthfully, that was all I wanted. I’d wish to suppose that even when the primary particular person mentioned, ‘No,’ I’d have continued on. However like something you do in life, if that first one works that’s all it is advisable go on. Loads of locations mentioned, ‘No,’ as a result of their bylaws don’t enable it. Some mentioned, ‘Sure.’ ”
Not simply “some.’’ Forty-eight of them.
Shinnecock Hills mentioned sure.
So, too, did Friar’s Head, a course that Phil Mickelson has informed me is his “favourite golf course on this planet.’’
Silo Ridge, a part of the uber-exclusive Discovery Land Firm, mentioned sure.
So did Medalist, Tiger Woods’ residence course.
Identical with Sleepy Hole, one of many regional gems in Westchester.
Prestwick in Scotland, the positioning of the first-ever British Open (October 1860), mentioned sure, as did the Mid Ocean Membership in Bermuda.
“The response was outrageous,’’ Sedransk mentioned.
So, too, was the tip consequence.
“I feel I used to be actually capable of faucet into one thing,’’ he mentioned. “I feel there’s a a lot bigger alternative to create a platform round golf and giving — auctions, giveaways, occasions, content material.’’
Sedransk had such success with the member-for-a-day public sale that on Monday he launched one other fundraising undertaking to boost extra money for COVID-19 reduction in New York Metropolis.
This one is a sweepstakes for a spherical of golf with former Yankee Johnny Damon at Bay Hill Membership and Lodge, the course that hosts the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational, and a spherical of golf with former Giants star Justin Tuck at Whipperwill Golf Membership in Westchester.
Sedransk is working in live performance with Damon, who donated the threesome at Bay Hill. These can discover extra info at go.rallyup.com/johnnydamon.