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Lawrence Taylor helps the Brooklyn Bar Association raise $45,000 for scholarships

May 5, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Bar Association, its president Arthur Aidala and New York Giants Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor hosted the fourth annual Hon. Theodore T. Jones Jr. Memorial Golf Outing in New Jersey on Monday. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
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The Brooklyn Bar Association’s fourth annual Hon. Theodore T. Jones Jr. Memorial Golf Outing, held at the Colonia Country Club in New Jersey on Monday, got a little help from football legend Lawrence Taylor and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as it raised $45,000 total and $23,500 for law school scholarships.

“I believe all the members of the association were delighted to have one of the greatest mayors and one of the greatest football players of all time to join us for a very special day,” said Arthur Aidala, president of the Brooklyn Bar Association. “Mr. Taylor helping us break all records for fundraising at the event was an added bonus while we honored the memory of Judge Jones.”

The bar association heads all the way out to New Jersey for the occasion each year because the golf course was known for being Judge Jones’ favorite place to play. The association also uses the money raised at the event’s auction to fund scholarships for a Brooklyn Law School student, which is Jones’ alma mater.

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“Judge Jones was the prodigal son, who came from Brooklyn and exploded on the scene to become one of the most respected judges in the nation,” Aidala said. “He made us proud and he never, ever forgot where he came from.”

Giuliani and Taylor had the magic touch during the match, as both of the groups they played with came in the top three spots. Scott Raffa, Bill Santo, Frank Santo Jr. and John Scuderi, who played with Taylor, came in first place. Hon. Leonard B. Austin, Frank Carone and Ed Spiro, who played with Giuliani and his son Andrew, came in third. Nick Elefterakis, Melissa Magill, Jeff Bromfeld and Jordan Jodre came in second.

Shortly after the golfing ended, the charity auction began. With the help of Aidala’s salesmanship, three footballs autographed by Taylor, three rounds of golf with the famed athlete and tickets to watch a Giants game with him went for an incredible $23,500.

“Everyone had a great time with Mr. Taylor today and I think our members knew that this wasn’t about how cheap they could get his autograph for,” Aidala said. “This was about making a donation.”

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