A day of golf, networking, and camaraderie at Opportunity Project’s 11th Annual Golf Classic at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, NJ resulted in over $266,000 raised for New Jersey’s first and only free-standing Clubhouse for people with brain injury. On Monday, September 23, golfers, donors, and sponsors joined together to celebrate Opportunity Project’s 25 years of providing brain injury services and awareness programs for people living with brain injury and the surrounding community.
This year’s event focused on the important work being done by Opportunity Project and the organization’s new partnership with Children’s Specialized Hospital and RWJBarnabas Health. This new alignment advances both the strategic direction of Children’s Specialized and enhances the growth of Opportunity Project while increasing access to integrated care and vital support services for those who have experienced a brain injury.
The day provided golfers with the opportunity to participate in an 18-hole golf scramble, tournament, on-course contests, a silent auction and a raffle with unique prizes including VIP tickets to sporting events like the U.S. Open and vacation experiences. Steve Adubato, Jr., PhD, Emmy Award winning anchor, hosted the evening’s cocktail reception and introduced the night’s speakers including: Scott Pomann, Opportunity Project Member; Marc Berson, Board Chair for Opportunity Project and Chairman of The Fidelco Group; Rebecca Gallanter, Executive Director of Opportunity Project; and Warren E. Moore, FACHE, President & CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital and Senior Vice President of Pediatric Services for RWJBarnabas Health.
“The $266,000 raised this year and the over $2.2 million raised over the past eleven years, has had a powerful impact on the growth and success of the Clubhouse,” said Marc Berson, Board Chair for Opportunity Project and Chairman of The Fidelco Group. “We have grown from serving 15 to 20 members in 1994, to serving over 600 members and their families. Our accomplishments have exceeded expectations, due in major part to our generous donors and supporters.”
The Golf Classic helps fund Opportunity Project programs including vocational services, occupational therapy for cognitive and memory support, nutritional counseling, and other critical services for its members with brain injury. It also supports the awareness initiatives Opportunity Project brings into the local communities and schools that increase knowledge and education surrounding brain injury prevention.
With more than five million people living with the after-effects of brain injury in the United States, Opportunity Project’s programs and services are needed now more than ever. For the past 25 years, Opportunity Project has served as a national model for other community-based service programs for those with brain injury, especially because no one is ever denied services due to lack of financial resources. Opportunity Project provides an environment of support, challenges, and choices with the ultimate goal to help members fully reintegrate back into their family, work, and community lives.
Opportunity Project’s 11th Annual Golf Outing was hosted by co-chairs Jacob S. Buurma, Sal Davino, Marshall Freidus, Chris Johnson, Murray Kushner, Jared Levine, Warren E. Moore, Jonathan Sobel, Eileen Sudler and Marc E. Berson. Event sponsors included Century 21 Construction, The Fidelco Group, Fidelity Land Development Corporation, The Freidus Family, Hollister Construction Services, Kushner Real Estate Group, The David Mandelbaum Family, The Sudler Foundation, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health.
About Opportunity Project
Opportunity Project, Inc. was founded in 1993 by families whose sons had sustained serious brain injuries. While excellent acute medical care and rehabilitation services were available at the time, there was an absence of effective transitional and reintegration services within the community. The goal was to fill this very significant gap. Extensive research resulted in the identification of a nationally recognized program, a Clubhouse model of community support. Membership is open to anyone over 18 with a brain injury regardless of their ability to pay.
Located in Millburn, NJ, Opportunity Project maintains the Opportunity Project Clubhouse, a 14,000 square-foot facility that houses the organizations administrative offices, library, lounge, conference area, kitchen facilities and computer workstations. A work-oriented clubhouse environment is provided where members can work, while building vocational skills, self-esteem and confidence in their ability to accomplish productive activities. For more information, visit www.opportunityproject.org.