DICK’S Sporting Goods Open: How parking fees will benefit the community

This year, parking fees will help the community, but also help the Elk’s Lodge 2508 honor one of their own.
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 9:50 AM EDT
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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- When it comes to parking at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, it’s not just about finding the perfect spot.

“Every year since 2007, we’ve worked with the DICK’S Open in parking,” said DICK’S Sporting Goods Open Parking Coordinator for the Elk’s Lodge 2508 Chris Battaglini. “It’s our largest fundraiser for the Vestal Elks Lodge 2508. It involves 75 volunteers, over 400 hours, and it’s a fun five days.”

For the past 15 years, thousands have come to the annual event each year, benefiting Elk’s Lodge and its mission of serving the community.

“This year we anticipate over 4,000 cars,” Battaglini said.

Those cars will fill the parking lots and grass of Charles F. Johnson Elementary School and other lots on Dickson Street.

This year, parking fees will help the community, but also help the Elk’s Lodge 2508 honor one of their own.

“In the past, our group has been run by a gentleman named Chuck Yoko,” said Battaglini. “Chuck Yoko was the 2020 Volunteer of the Year for the DICK'S Open. Unfortunately last year, cancer took Chuck Yoko from us. So, this year, everything we do will be in memory of Chuck Yoko. We’re also going to be running some side fundraisers to raise a little bit of money for the DICK'S Open Birdies for Cancer Awareness Program and any money we raise from that we’re going to donate to them in our friend’s name, Chuck.”

Chuck led a major part of the Elk’s service to veterans, which included helping to ship packages around the world to the military and leading volunteer efforts at the Oxford Veteran’s Home.

“Chuck Yoko was one of the most important members of our Vestal Lodge 2508. Chuck will be very, very missed,” Battaglini said.

Other efforts by the Elk’s Lodge include supporting veteran services and youth causes.

This year, parking at Charles F. Johnson is for prepaid, media, caddies and alike.

Those heading to the event and looking for public parking are asked to head to the Dickson Street parking lot.

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