On June 15, 2015, Hadassah Southern New Jersey held its13th Annual Associates Invitational Golf Classic at the beautiful championship Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, NJ. Attendees included a complement of 18 foursomes, over twenty Mah Jongg and card players, and dinner guests. The proceeds of the event totaled over $35,000 and were targeted for the Associates Men's Health Initiative. Most of the proceeds came from major sponsorships at a variety of levels and the sale of raffle tickets for a Gift Raffle Auction. Associate Mickey Kaufman chaired the event. Shelley Kaplan, a past Southern New Jersey Region president, was also instrumental in the planning and execution.
Our committee members each focused on a specific area – site contact, tournament details, marketing, publicity, sponsorship and raffle prize solicitation, player giveaways, financial management, and "day of" logistics. The Region set up a dedicated golf website which facilitated the marketing of the event and on-line registration via credit card. A cadre of volunteers helped with registration and set up on the day of the event.
The event included a light lunch, golf, and Mah Jongg or cards, a cocktail hour, and a lovely buffet dinner. Players could purchase raffle tickets for the gift auction at registration or before dinner.
Our volunteer team assembled over thirty lovely gift baskets filled with solicited donated items from almost fifty sources. Examples of donations included tickets to baseball games (Yankees and Mets), a 48" TV, golf club foursomes, jewelry, and gift cards. A number of chapters in the region donated themed baskets for which they received fundraising credit. The raffle enhanced the spirit of the event and contributed to the proceeds.
There were ten major sponsors, eighteen tee sponsors and four individual sponsors. We offered major sponsorships at various levels including Dinner, Lunch, Golf Giveaways, Beverage Carts, Cocktail Hour, and Hospitality. A local car dealership donated an Audi as a Hole-in-One sponsor. We included sponsor names on large signs visible to all attendee. Each tee featured a sign with the name of the tee sponsor.
The highlight of the event was the ceremony awarding the Ned Weiss Trophy, named in honor of longtime Southern New Jersey Associate Ned Weiss, who was a founder of the event and still plays golf at age 94! We introduced the trophy at the 2013 tournament, and award it to the first place foursome. Each year we engrave it with the names of the first place winners. We also awarded prizes to the second and third place foursomes, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Straightest Shot.
Golf Participants received sports bags and windbreakers, all donated as part of a major sponsorship.
The Region produced a program, listing and crediting all sponsors and players, agenda of the day, committee recognition, etc. The Region sent thank you notes to contributors after the event.
As Region President, I spoke about the most recent accomplishments at HMO and Hadassah Associates, with an emphasis on the Men's Health Initiative.
We are already starting to plan our 14th Annual Associates' Golf Classic for June 2016.
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Submitted by Sherryl Kaufman 2016 Associates Chair & Immediate Past Hadassah Southern New Jersey Region President.
|Golf event founder Ned Weiss holding trophy named in his honor with Golf Chair Mickey Kaufman (3rd from left), Committee member Norm Sorkin (left) and the 1st Place Foursome.|
|Golfers on the beautiful championship Battleground Country Club Golf Course|