PMDA to Tee Off for Charity at 61st Annual Golf Outing

PMDA to Tee Off for Charity at 61st Annual Golf Outing


Woodbury, NY—The PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) will host its 61st Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 6, 2011, at the North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington, New York. Some proceeds from this year’s event, which annually brings together many of the most recognizable and influential executives in the photo-imaging industry, will benefit Japan disaster relief efforts, as well as the New York-based Rehabilitation Through Photography, which changes the lives of those with special needs through the power of photography.

All interested participants are encouraged to visit for more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities.

“Each year, PMDA gathers to network, socialize and appreciate the continued growth and innovation within our community,” said Joellyn Gray, president of the PMDA and director of Marketing, Fujifilm North America Corporation. “PMDA has been contributing continuously to the progress and welfare of the photo-imaging industry for more than 70 years and fully recognizes its responsibility to support deserving organizations both in the U.S. and worldwide.

“At this year’s golf outing, we look forward to not only seeing old friends and meeting new ones, but we also hope to benefit global relief efforts in Japan, whose people and businesses have so clearly been at the forefront of our industry, as well as our core charitable partner, Rehabilitation Through Photography,” continued Gray. “With such important goals to work towards, we are preparing diligently to make sure this year’s event will be our best yet.”

PMDA’s annual golf outing will offer great golf, with a putting contest and individual stroke play, as well as networking opportunities, dinner and an awards ceremony. For the first time, the event will take place at the North Hempstead Country Club, an A.W. Tillinghast golf course, a short distance from Manhattan.

The day will begin with a brief breakfast and warm-up at 10:00 a.m. ET, followed by a putting contest. At noon, foursomes will tee off for 18 holes of individual stroke play (Callaway scoring). Participants are invited to an open bar reception and steak and lobster dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by the annual awards ceremony.

Additional details on PMDA’s annual golf outing, plus registration and sponsorship opportunities, are found at

To date, PMDA member companies have raised more than $32 million toward relief efforts in Japan, and a percentage of proceeds from this year’s golf outing will go toward the American Red Cross and its Japan disaster relief fund.

The PMDA also has been an annual supporter of Rehabilitation Through Photography, assisting the nonprofit organization in achieving its goal of changing the lives of special needs individuals through photography. In additional to financial support from the organization, member companies have contributed in-kind donations of photographic equipment to support Rehabilitation Through Photography (

Founded in 1939, the PMDA provides a series of forums throughout the business year for its membership to exchange ideas and learn about new technologies and business trends, in addition to administering programs that promote photography to the general public. Monthly programs and symposiums feature leading photo and imaging product suppliers and retailers, as well as financial analysts and technical experts. The PMDA also teams with the Soldiers’ Angels volunteer organization to administer the Portraits of Love project, with a goal to provide 10,000 U.S. soldiers around the world with free portraits of their families and loved ones during each holiday season. The organization has also partnered with PMA International to produce, a site created to help American consumers find meaningful ways to incorporate photography into many aspects of their everyday lives, while helping them to make intelligent decisions about buying new cameras and accessories.