American Kidney Fund to Spotlight Profound Generosity of Living Kidney Donation at August 5 Annual New York Golf Classic in Glen Cove


Oheka Castle’s Rick Bellando, a living kidney donor, and Frank Korzekwinski, Chief Real Estate Lending Officer for Flushing Bank, announced as honorees

ROCKVILLE, Md. (June 6, 2019)—With more than 8,000 New Yorkers on the waiting list for a lifesaving kidney transplant, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) today announced it will put a spotlight on living kidney donation at its 14th Annual New York Golf Classic to be held Monday, August 5 at the iconic Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. Participants will enjoy a full day of golf followed by a cocktail reception and dinner program where they will pay tribute to AKF’s 2019 honorees, Rick Bellando, chief operating officer of Oheka Castle who donated a kidney over a decade ago, and Frank Korzekwinski, senior executive vice president of Flushing Bank and its chief real estate lending officer.

The annual New York Golf Classic raises funds to support AKF’s mission of helping people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives through prevention and health education, clinical research, and charitable assistance that helps low-income U.S. dialysis patients and transplant patients access medical care. AKF is one of the nation’s top-rated charities, spending 97 cents of every donated dollar on patients and programs.

Bellando in 2007 made headlines when he donated one of his kidneys to a friend he first met as a client at Oheka Castle four years earlier. That year, Bellando was one of only about 500 living kidney donors in New York State, which today has more than 8,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list.

Korzekwinski is well known to New York developers, having grown Flushing Bank’s real estate assets to over $5 billion during his tenure. Giving back to communities and organizations has always been a priority for Frank, who has had several friends struggle with the challenges of living with kidney disease.

The New York Golf Classic is presented by Flushing Bank, with additional sponsorship opportunities available to businesses and individuals.

“I became actively involved with the American Kidney Fund in 2012, shortly after a family member discovered that they were born with only one kidney. To better understand kidney disease and the risks that my family could face in the future, I reached out to the American Kidney Fund,” said Maria Grasso, Flushing Bank senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, who co-chairs the New York Golf Classic and is a member of the AKF National Board of Trustees. “The American Kidney Fund is a wonderful organization that supports research and provides support to individuals and families affected by kidney disease,” she said.
Registration for New York Golf Classic is open to the public at Options include the full day - including golf, dinner only, and supporting AKF by making a donation.

About the American Kidney Fund

As the nation’s leading independent nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling the nation’s low-income dialysis and transplant patients to access lifesaving medical care. AKF holds the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups, including Charity Navigator, which includes AKF on its “top 10” list of nonprofits with the longest track records of outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar, and GuideStar, which has awarded AKF its Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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