Hosted by New Jersey PGA Section, New Jersey Golf Foundation and New Jersey State Golf Association, the live auction featured rounds of golf at premier private golf clubs in New Jersey; lesson packages with Teaching Professionals; golf equipment and merchandise; signed sports memorabilia and golf club membership packages, among others.
The New Jersey Section of the PGA of America (NJPGA) and its charitable arm, the New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), recently teamed-up with the New Jersey State Golf Association and Greenside Experiences to host the “All In Challenge,” generating more than $45,000 to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
The live auction featured rounds of golf at a selection of premier private golf clubs in New Jersey; lesson packages with accomplished PGA Teaching Professionals; golf equipment and merchandise; signed sports memorabilia and golf club membership packages, among others. The proceeds will support of The Salvation Army of New Jersey, First Responders Children’s Foundation and the Father English Community Center in Paterson, as each charitable organization received over $15,000.
“The golf industry has always been a key driver of charitable giving in the US, and although our operations are not fully functional at this time, it was important for us to find a way to support these incredible charitable organizations during unsettling times,” said Jason Fiore [Forest Hill Field Club] and Michael Holiday [Upper Montclair CC], Co-Chairs, NJPGA PR Committee. “Our original goal was $25,000, and it’s truly inspiring to see the golf community come together, as we nearly doubled our goal by raising over $45,000 for organizations in need of help.”
“On behalf of the 2.8 million first responders on the front lines of the pandemic, thank you for your generous pledge of support to First Responders Children’s Foundation,” said Scott Perrin, Executive Director, First Responders Children’s Foundation.
“This is such wonderful news! On behalf of all those we are serving, thank you so much to all involved, we are sincerely grateful,” said James W. Betts, Major, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division.