NYLON – The family of SUNY Geneseo student Alex Davis, 20, was able to establish a scholarship in their son’s name and make large donations to two non-profits as the result of a golf tournament in the Victor, NY community.
According to a press release from family spokesperson Heather Halsted, the Davis family and tournament sponsor American Legion James Cooke Post 931 of Victor invited golfers to “Play the Game” in Alex’s honor on Sunday June 7, 2015. The Ravenwood Golf Club was attended by 154 golfers and 274 diners in memory of Alex.
“The first-year tournament surpassed all expectations due to the overwhelming support of so many individuals and businesses,” said David Topian, Tournament Committee Chairperson. “In addition to supporting two worthy charities, we are establishing the Alexander P. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.”
Alex was a 2012 graduate of Victor Senior High School and sophomore biochemistry major at SUNY Geneseo when he passed away on May 4, 2014. Alex played football, was a captain of his wrestling team his senior year, and a four year starter on the lacrosse team. Alex went on to play lacrosse for the Geneseo Blue Knights. His participation in American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation coupled with his involvement in Model UN solidified his desire “to make a difference in the world in some small way.” His family has chosen to continue his legacy by donating proceeds from this memorial tournament to the Victor- Farmington Food Cupboard and Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow.
Alex’s affiliation with the American Legion began when he was sponsored by Post 931 to attend Boys State and Boys Nation.
“We unanimously decided to sponsor this tournament because of the man that Alex was,” said Dan Williams, Commander of American Legion Post 931.” He had a love for his country, a love for veterans, and he made an amazing impression on us during the time we knew him.”
This year, the recipients of the proceeds will be donated to the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard and Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow. The Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard provides needed assistance to over 600 families each month in Ontario County. The APD Memorial Tournament will donate $13,000 to support the Food Cupboard’s mission.
“The APD Memorial Golf Tournament was a success on so many levels,” said said Dawn Rockefeller, President of the Food Cupboard. “The outpouring of love and support for the Davis family and what they were aiming to accomplish was palpable… the money will be used to feed our clients in a way that will honor the memory of Alex.”
In addition, $13,000 dollars will be donated to Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow, a North Pole village in Ohio, dedicated to bringing Christmas to terminally ill children. At dinner, Santa passionately spoke about spreading joy to those who needed it most.
“This day was all about Alex and what he stood for,” said Santa. “Alex was and still is all about giving to others. Alex extended his hand in friendship and support. This one day will affect not a few, but thousands of children. Thank you, Alex.”
“The APD Memorial Tournament embodied all that our son stood for and we are so grateful to family, friends, co-workers and our community for their unwavering support,” said Bob Davis, Alex’s father.
The Davis family along with the American Legion James Cooke Post 931 will again host the tournament on June 5, 2016.