Local bar honors one of its own

Charity event to raise money for scholarship

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On Saturday, Aug. 6, Momo’s Too, in Bayport, will be hosting a fundraiser in honor of one of the pub’s most beloved bartenders, Billy Schulz, who died.

Funds collected will go to benefit the Kortright Cares Foundation.

“Billy started going to Momo’s when he turned 21 and loved the atmosphere. He enjoyed sports and it was the local bar, so he always loved hanging out with friends at the Holbrook location,” said Sam Beccaris, a veteran bartender at both Momo’s locations, adding, “Fast-forward a few years and he started bartending at Momo’s and quickly became part of the Momo’s family. We are all very close and he fit in instantly.”

Rich Comunale, owner of Momo’s and Momo’s Too, along with his team, decided to host the fundraiser at the pub because it was Schulz’s favorite place and he had “become family” as part of the crew.

Beccaris said, “Billy was a great friend.” She had met him at the age of 13 and remained friends until his death two months before turning 27.

“He was a firecracker of a human; he was loud, and he always had the room laughing. He would do anything to make you smile if you were having a bad day, and he would have given the shirt off his back to help whoever, whenever. He loved sports, and he loved kids—I’m pretty sure his favorite job ever was Saf-T-Swim.”

Others describe Schulz as incredibly good-humored and caring of all, noting that the fundraiser in his honor would have made him proud.

The day will feature Chinese auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and T-shirts for purchase.

Those who cannot attend the fundraiser and want to donate are encouraged to come to either location and leave the donation for Beccaris or Comunale.

In addition, donations can be made directly to Kortrightkares.org and with a note that the donation is for the “Billy Schulz memorial.”

“We are hoping to do this fundraiser annually to honor Billy and to bring all of his friends and family together,” said Comunale.

The Kortright Kares Foundation is a Section 501(c)charitable organization that supports youth in discovering their unique strengths and passions to create a positive springboard for exploration and growth.

A scholarship program was established for candidates desiring to participate in travel and after-school athletic programs.

“The scholarships will assist young men and women who pursue athletic excellence, academic success, character development and prepare them to become leaders,” according to Kortright Foundation’s mission statement.

Scholarships may provide up to $2500 tuition assistance for students participating in these programs.

Eligible students may apply for the scholarship by completing an application on at Kortrightkares.org website.

Momo’s hopes to make the fundraising event an annual one to honor Schulz with a scholarship in his name.

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