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Late Season Golf Outing Supports Local Toy Drive

The Wild Turkey Golf Club at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg has hosted an annual golf outing, affectionately known as the Leftover Tournament, on the day after Thanksgiving for the past 13 years.  The casual gathering has grown from a small group at its inception to about 32 golfers currently.  The group plays each year, regardless of the weather, which has ranged from a balmy 60 degrees last week to record lows and even snow-covered fairways during some years.  Proceeds from the gathering are donated to a different local charity each year on a rotating basis, as determined by individual golfers.  This year, golfer Andy Chernati designated Project Self-Sufficiency to receive the funds.  The agency will earmark the proceeds to support the Season of Hope Toy Drive which benefits low-income families across Sussex County and the northern part of Warren County.

Andy Chernati selected Project Self-Sufficiency based on his familiarity with the agency’s work in Sussex County.  “The money stays local and it’s helping people that are a little less fortunate that we are.  I know that there are a lot of single parents out there that could use a little extra help around the holidays.”

The Season of Hope Toy Drive seeks to collect 10,000 new and unwrapped gifts for children of all ages who reside in Sussex County and northern Warren County.  The drive is coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency, in conjunction with Pass it Along, the New Jersey Herald, Clear Channel Radio, Intercar Mercedes Benz and Sussex Honda.    Toys are collected at Project Self-Sufficiency, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton, as well as at various drop-off sites located throughout Sussex County.  Monetary donations are used to purchase toys, gift cards and other items for children in need.

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“It’s less about the golf now and more about getting together with the guys and feeling good that we are raising money for a good cause,” noted organizer John Carr, who founded the Leftover Tournament with a buddy 13 years ago.  “We’re thankful to Andy Mulvihill and Crystal Springs/Wild Turkey because they allow us to use this time slot every year and they offer us a reduced rate because it benefits a charity.”

Toys and monetary donations for the Season of Hope toy drive will be gratefully received through December 12th; donations received after that date will be used for future toy drives.  For more information about donating toys or funds in support of the Season of Hope toy drive, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or visit

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