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Giants QB to be Guiding Eyes Classic Spokesman

YORKTOWN, N.Y.—New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will once again join with Yorktown's Guiding Eyes for the Blind for their annual golf classic.

The classic, slated to take place on June 10 and 11, is the organization’s 35th annual classic, an event where the country’s best blind golfers participate in the event at Mount Kisco Country Club and the Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Conn.

The event is notably Guiding Eyes’ largest annual fundraiser and was thought up by PGA legend Ken Venturi in 1977, according to the organization. The event has raised over $7 million for the organization, which is completely dependent on contributors to fulfill its mission of providing guide dogs and training to visually impaired and blind individuals at no cost.

"Since I’ve been a part of this, I've gotten to learn so much about how these dogs affect lives. Every year, I listen to people tell their story about how they’re able to accomplish so much more, and to fulfill so many different talents in their lives because of having guide dogs. That’s been very rewarding for me,” Manning said in a press release announcing his role as spokesperson. Manning reportedly became involved with the organization through a family friend, Patrick Browne Jr. a famed blind golfer and golf classic champ.

Manning was also a participant of the classic in 2011 , and put on a blindfold to experience what it was like to golf blind.

In last year’s tournament in June 2011, 288 golfers participated, raising around $600,000 for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

“We are fortunate to have the perfect combination of star power and compelling mission to propel our golf classic into what we are sure will be a sold-out event,” said Sue Dishart, vice president of marketing and development.

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