Wednesday's rainy, chilly weather was not exactly ideal for a round of golf. But when that round includes an opportunity to spend time with an NFL Hall of Famer, you don't really need sunshine to enjoy yourself.Corporate Resource Services, Inc. – a New York City-based staffing firm with approximately 235 offices in 35 states nationwide – held its second annual Dan Marino Foundation Client Appreciation Golf Tournament at Bella Vista Country Club on WednesdayMarino, who has an autistic son, established the foundation with his wife Claire in 1992 with the mission to empower people with autism and other developmental disabilities.In the two decades that followed, the non-profit organization has raised more than $47 million to help support programs that provide integrated intervention services for children with special needs.The foundation's "first-of-their-kind" initiatives have included: Miami Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center, Childnett.tv, the Marino Autism Research Institute, Marino Adapted Aquatics, Summer STEPS Employment Programs, and the recently opened, Marino Campus, which is a college for kids with developmental disabilities."It's great to be able to get out here to enjoy some of the CRS clients, to expose them to our foundation, to play some golf and have some fun," Marino said of Wednesday's tournament.John Messina, the president and CEO of Corporate Resource Services, said the company brought Marino on as a business advisor a couple years ago."It's been tremendous. He's opened so many doors for us on the business side, and he's just a great guy. He's as real as they come and down to earth," Messina said. "For myself and the company, we're proud to be part of what they're doing with the foundation. They do tremendous things for people who suffer from autism, they offer tremendous support and our company feels that we made the right choice in joining forces with his foundation."Mark Levine, chief operating officer of CRS, said the event raised in excess of $40,000 for the Dan Marino Foundation and that the company hoped to raise even more this year. And with the NFL legend in attendance, Levine said it makes the event even more special, he said."Having him here is a lot of fun, it brings a lot more people out and obviously raises money for a good cause," Levine said. "The nice thing about this is it gives not only our customers an opportunity to help the foundation but also shows that CRS does care about the community."
Not only did this year's event raise more than last year's $40,000, CRS officials said it crushed that total by raising more than $60,000 for the foundation.During the inaugural event, which was held in July last year, temperatures were in the vicinity of 100 degrees. This year it was rainy and in the 60's."This event is about the golf, people having a fun day and getting out of the office. But more importantly, the main reason it's about raising money for the Dan Marino Foundation," Messina said. "So I think everyone's going to have a great time. But hopefully next year, for our third annual tournament, we'll catch a break with the weather."But even though Mother Nature did not fully cooperate, Marino said there was a silver lining."Well, we won't be sweating," he joked.