The VLP Smile Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Valerie Lynn Palermo, a Greece NY native, 1999 Greece Arcadia High School, and 2003 University of Rochester graduate.

Valerie was an exceptional scholar athlete who had an infectious SMILE and passion for working with children. SMILE stands for Students Making an Impact in Life through Education. Valerie was pursuing her lifelong dream as a Teacher and Educator in Bullhead City Arizona and tragically passed away in January of 2011. Her family and friends could think of no better way to keep her infectious Smile, love and passion for teaching and working with children alive than by establishing this memorial scholarship fund in her name. Through the VLP Smile Scholarship Fund Valerie’s Smile will live on through the lives of not only her former students but other students who share Valerie’s passion for sports, life, education, and the pursuit of their own individual dreams.

This year her family and friends will host the 12th annual charity golf tournament to raise money for the scholarship fund to give back to the children who may not have the means but deserve the opportunity to pursue their own educational goals. We have established this memorial scholarship fund in Valerie’s name to ensure that her Smile will continue to shine through others for many years to come.

This year’s annual Valerie Palermo Smile Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at Wildwood Country Club in Rush, NY, further details here. All net proceeds raised will be given to the scholarship fund. We are asking for your help in making this tournament a success. Your tax-deductible donation of money, services and/or prizes will ensure the success of this tournament and for many years to come. Please use the following information if you chose to donate to the VLP Smile Scholarship:

Scholarship Application: April 30, 2023
Sponsorship & Golf Registration: June 15, 2023

Payment: Reservations are guaranteed only with receipt of payment. Pay at, or VENMO (PREFERRED) @VLPSMILESCHOLARSHIP, last 4 of phone number for confirmation is 4525. We fill up every year, so please get your payment in early.
Rain or shine event – Refunds will be given if health guidance says it is not safe to play, but not for weather.

All checks can be made out & mailed to:
VLP Smile Scholarship Fund
35 Sanfilippo Circle
Rochester, NY 14625

VLP Smile Scholarship Corporation
Tax identification #45-4064530
Approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization

We thank you in advance for any help your company may provide. The Family and Friends of Valerie

Any sponsors who have additional questions or would like additional promotional items distributed at the sign-in table or during the tournament are asked to contact:

Patrick Palermo
- cell 585-703-1467 Or
Rich Tallini -
- cell 585-413-7838

Click Here to go to the Sponsorship page for more information.

Valerie Lynn Palermo
January 29, 1981 - January 27, 2011

Students Making an Impact in Life through Education (SMILE)
Valerie Lynn Palermo was passionate about teaching and making a lasting impact on her students.
The VLP SMILE Scholarship Fund was created to help students with that same passion to follow their dreams…

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