On February 8th, 2014 we lost one of the most kind and joyful souls the world had to offer. Francis was only 19 when he and his best friend crashed their car in their hometown of Toms River, NJ. Francis was taken from us, and every day since then has been a little more gloom. We have experienced his 20th birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and many other significant days without him physically here.
The mission behind this outing is to create an annual day where we come together for a fun day of Golf and duplicate Francis’ glowing smile that we all so vividly remember. We wanted to create an inclusive event that would afford family and friends of Francis one day every year to look forward to with the memory of Francis in mind.
We have two main goals for the outing: Fun & Affordable.
While we are having fun, we hope to raise awareness around the dangers of Driving Intoxicated, as well as raise funds to support the Francis X. Duddy Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Scholarship Fund
The Francis X. Duddy Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up in memory of Francis to support an academically and financially qualifying, incoming student of Donovan Catholic High School (formerly known as Monsignor Donovan). The fund will go to a student who exemplifies a joyous approach to life, has a passion for making others feel loved, and excels academically, athletically, and morally.
Donovan Catholic provided a place where Francis built great relationships and was taught and mentored by some of the greatest leaders and teachers of young men and women around.This scholarship is in place to help families afford their children the same opportunity that Francis had even though it may be just outside of their means, just like it was for the Duddy Family.