Youth Foundation Celebrates a Banner Year; Announces Grant Recipients
Photo (l-r): Trump National General Manager Dave Schutzenhofer, NJSGA's Bill Frese, Trump National Director of Golf Mickie Gallagher, III
2019 was a banner fundraising year for the New Jersey State Golf Association’s Youth Foundation. This year, the Youth Foundation donated a record total of $42,500 to 14 different youth-related charities, as well as another $20,000 toward the ARC of Essex County and the ARC of Union County.
The funding was made available thanks to the annual NJSGA Youth Foundation Pro-Am, played on July 16 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster and the 2nd annual NJ Corporate Golf Challenge presented by Provident Bank, held in October at Metedeconk National. A separate raffle, held in conjunction with the Pro-Am, supplemented the fundraising.
“We are thrilled to provide grants to so many worthy youth groups,” said Frank O’Brien, chairman of the NJSGA Youth Foundation. “The $42,500 we were able to bestow was a direct result of the proceeds raised this season. The Youth Foundation appreciates the efforts of those who participated in the Pro-Am and Corporate Golf Challenge and purchased raffle tickets.”
A record 14 youth groups benefitted from Youth Foundation grants. They included the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the designated charity of the Trump National G.C. in Bedminster, which hosted the 99th NJSGA Open Championship. It received a check for $5,000.
Other recipients included LPGA/USGA Girls Golf of Greater Newark, Kean University’s PAR FORE New Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, The First Tee of the Jersey Shore, The First Tee of Essex County, The First Tee of Raritan Valley, The First Tee of Plainfield, N.J. Golf Foundation, Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, Big Brothers Big Sister of Essex, Hudson, Union counties, Haworth Country Club’s Junior International Team Match, Bergen Catholic High School, and Eden Autism.
The ARC of Essex County and the ARC of Union County each received checks for $10,000 in the second year of a three-year, overall $40,000 commitment to each of the organizations.
Founded in the 1950s by parents of affected children, ARC organizations serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The not-for-profit NJSGA Youth Foundation supports deserving youth golf and sports-related programs throughout the State of New Jersey. This support is provided through grants, instructional clinics, and recognition through NJSGA publications and events.