Charity Golf Outing Scrambles to Success

September 24, 2020

On September 14, golfers were able to safely start their carts and return to the course to help raise crucial funds for Autism New Jersey at our 22nd annual outing. Nearly 210 golfers came together, while distancing themselves from one another, at the prestigious Fiddler’s Elbow County Club in Bedminster, New Jersey and raised more than $130,000!

Aside from pandemic-related changes, golfers enjoyed beautiful sunny weather, outdoor meals including four specialty gourmet stations on the courses, a scramble tournament, and an online auction featuring hot items like X-Box gaming systems, an Apple Pro and even a wine basket of our golf committee’s favorite selections. Two iPads were raffled off, and the top six foursomes on each course left with fantastic prizes!

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We want to thank our major sponsors for their dedication and support: Eagle Sponsor, Aquino Family Foundation, Tournament Sponsors, Patriot Mortgage and Jackson Lewis, and Grand Sponsors, Ocean First and AB Bernstein & Dale Vernon. The Michael J. Valiant Sr., Foundation also generously donated $5,000 for which we are very grateful.

We also would like to recognize the dedicated members of our Golf Committee: Co-Chairs Steve Pellegrinelli and Mike Aquino, Kevin Doherty, Steve Goodyear, Neil Hudes, Tim Kane, Jackie Kelly, Mike Maron, Jamie McGovern, Josh Pini, Robert Stoute, and Gino Valiant.

Our Annual Charity Golf Outing and the committee behind it are the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts. “For 22 years running, this event and every committee member has provided essential charitable funds to support our work on behalf of the autism community throughout the state,” said Autism New Jersey Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Buchanan. “We are always grateful to our committee, sponsors, donors, and golfers, and their continued dedication – even during a pandemic –is especially appreciated.”

Autism New Jersey has been working hard to connect families and professionals with resources and support to meet the challenges the pandemic has presented. The proceeds from this year’s golf outing will help us sustain this important work and let us continue to fulfill our mission of helping individuals with autism enhance their resilience, abilities, and quality of life.

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