Sunday, December 04, 2022

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will hold its 15th annual “Play Fore! the Kids” golf event at the Alpine Country Club in Demarest, New Jersey on Monday, August 3. The fundraiser will help raise money for more than 500 children with special needs who learn life skills, attend summer camps and take part in other educational and recreational programs at the JCC.

Proceeds from the event supporting children with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities who attend the Guttenberg Center for Special Services at the JCC, which offers more than 70 programs each month for people with special needs, many on a weekly basis. Attending or sponsoring the golf event will allow children to participate in the JCC nursery school and summer camps, provide the opportunity for developmentally disabled children and teens to learn valuable life skills to enhance their daily lives and support Camp Dream Street, a free camp dedicated to children with cancer and blood disorders, and their siblings, who get to swim, bake, dance, plant gardens and do absolutely everything that their healthy peers would do, in a caring, medically safe environment.

“Our goal is to ensure that all children with special needs in our community have access to important life experiences,” explained JCC CEO Jordan Shenker. “The annual ‘Play Fore! the Kids’ event is one way we succeed in this effort.” The event, for the first time, will feature multiple games in addition to golf, such as Mah Jongg, Canasta and Bridge.

All are encouraged to play, either as a group or as a single participant who will be matched with other players. The JCC is taking reservations for foursomes, and/or games, as well as for the evening festivities, which will include cocktails, a dinner reception and an auction. A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“Play Fore! the Kids” will feature an afternoon shotgun start, a million-dollar shootout and hole-in-one competitions, prizes, awards and a 50/50 raffle. The day also includes brunch, a lavish cocktail and dinner reception and silent auctions, featuring hard-to-get items such as sporting events, special theater tickets, romantic exclusive getaways and more.

Golf registration, and range opening will both begin at 10:30. Games and lunch on the course will take place at 12, and the dinner reception and auction will be at 6.

The Kurtz Family is the presenting sponsor, and the event is chaired by Jeff Jagid, Eric Kleiner and Jason Rubach, with incoming chairs Cory Hechler and Tracy Reichel; the auctions are chaired by Tara Jagid and the Games committee is chaired by Allison Hechler. The success of the day is also made possible by all the event’s dedicated committees and generous sponsors. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and participation, please contact Sharon Potolsky at (201)408-1405 or email [email protected]

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