Milestone Golf Outing Raises more than $215,000 to Support Autism New Jersey

September 11, 2018

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On Tuesday, September 4th, 259 golfers participated in the 20th Anniversary Liberty Mutual Invitational Charity Golf Outing in support of Autism New Jersey and its mission. The sold-out event began with a gourmet barbeque lunch before heading out to the beautiful Fiddler’s Elbow River and Meadow courses. The day was a scorcher, topping 90 degrees, and our golfers were on fire, too! We even had our first Hole-In-One contest winner. Congratulations, Dr. Darren Loew! The day was packed with fun golf contests and reminiscing about the past 20 years. The event capped off with our dinner banquet, an auction filled with one-of-a-kind items, and many fantastic prizes.

This year’s event raised nearly $215,000 to support our Public Policy initiatives, Education & Training, and Information Services. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: The Michael J. Valiant Sr. Foundation; Tournament Sponsors: The Aquino Family Foundation, Jackson Lewis, Janssen Research and Development, Jimmy’s Kids and the Nelson Family; and our Grand Sponsors: The Aquino Family Foundation, AB Bernstein & Dale Vernon, Brett DiNovi & Associates, Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Lederman & Paone, P.A., and Ocean First.

A special thank you to the Aquino Family Foundation for offering to match every donation received from August 31 through the day of the event! Your generosity allowed us to raise nearly $20,000!

We also would like to recognize our Golf Committee, some of whom were there at the beginning 20 years ago and began this event in honor of their incredible children. Without this dedicated group of people, this event would not be what it is today.  Our 2018 Golf Committee: Co-Chair and Founder Steve Pellegrinelli, Co-Chair Mike Aquino, Kevin Doherty, Steve Goodyear, Kevin Hanley, Neil Hudes, Tim Kane, Jackie Kelly, Mike Maron, Jamie McGovern, Josh Pini, Robert Stoute, and Gino Valiant.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who has attended, donated, and sponsored over the past 20 years, and we are looking forward to 20 more,” noted Pellegrinelli, Chair of the Golf Committee since its inception. “It has been our great fortune to have such a dedicated group of people and businesses to support us, and my honor to be a part of this fantastic event.” We couldn’t agree more!