The New Jersey State Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Foundation received checks totaling $18,000 from Chubb, thanks to the play of the Links Insurance Services team and a matching gift from Chubb's New Jersey branch.
Links Insurance Services of Spring Lake, headed by president Jim Hickey of Spring Lake Golf Club, earned $8,500 in the national finals of the annual Chubb Charity Challenge golf tournament, Nov. 12-15, at The Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport, Calif. Chubb matched the $8,500 for a $17,000 check, and Chubb added a $1,000 check to honor Links Insurance for winning the New Jersey competition in the Chubb Challenge.
The $18,000 in gifts put the NJSGA CSF over the $14 million mark in total donations during its 70-year history. On hand to accept the donation were CSF chairman Ben Del Vento and vice chairman Brian Hunt.
The Links Insurance Services team, consisting of Jim and Liz Hickey and Jason Bataille from Links Insurance, Chris Pucillo, managing director of Solus Alternative Asset Management and Rich Tallo, EVP, Chubb, advanced to the finals after winning the local qualifying tournament and played with the chance to win up to $50,000 for the NJSGA CSF.
“We are especially pleased by the donation, one of the largest we’ve ever received,” Del Vento said. “It will help support young men and women as they pursue their college educations.”
The 2017 tournament marked the 18th year of the Chubb Charity Challenge, and it raised $903,700 in charity donations — and has raised more than $14 million since its inception.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to work for a company like Chubb that values local charities and has impacted young men and women across the United States and Canada,” said Ryan Watson, a Chubb senior vice president and its New Jersey branch manager. “It’s one of the proudest and most distinguished things we do. Chubb has no influence over which charities benefit. It’s up to the local agencies.”
Launched in 2000, the Chubb Charity Challenge invites agents, brokers and clients to play a friendly round of golf in regional tournaments hosted by local Chubb branches. Competing on behalf of local charities, the winning team from each regional tournament — this year 46 teams in total — advanced to the national tournament for a chance to secure a prize of $50,000 for their charities.
"Congratulations and thank you to all the teams that participated in Chubb Charity Challenge 2017," said Jerry Butler, Senior Vice President, Chubb Group, Division President, Field Operations, North America Insurance. "The tournament is a fun game of golf dedicated to connecting communities and expanding the work of local charities, and we are proud of its long-standing impact."