Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Rescue Mission of Utica was reminded once again of its important role in the community, with the presentation of a $8,000 check donated by family members of a man touched by its outreach.  Patrick Marley who died tragically in a swimming accident in 2009, completed a recovery program at the Mission before he joined the agency's food service staff. Executive Director, Reverend Bill Dodge described Marley as a role model for others.

The funds raised at the second annual Patrick G. Marley Golf Tournament, will go toward a Memorial Scholarship fund in Marley's name, and provide a number of services for those in the Mission's Recovery Program.

Photo Caption:

Rev. Bill Dodge, 2nd from left, executive director of the Rescue Mission of Utica, accepts an $8,000 check on Sept. 13 from Marley family members who organized a benefit golf tournament in memory of their son and brother, Patrick Marley. Family members are, from left: Diana Marley of Syracuse, Ed and Carol Marley of Sauquoit, and Mike and Denise Marley of Oneida.

Second photo (below) shows the check donation outside the Parker House Residential Center, which benefits in part from the donation.

According to officials with the agency, each year, the Rescue Mission serves more than 132,000 meals to the hungry, provides over 20,000 nights of lodging and care to those facing homelessness, and assists over 1,000 men and women in their battle against substance abuse.