READINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County Special Olympics recently held its annual Golf Tournament at Stanton Ridge Country Club.

A total of 35 foursomes competed for the Joyce Kirchin Memorial Cup. In addition to the golf, players and guests were treated to lunch and an extra-special awards dinner.

This year’s outing raised more than $33,000.

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“It’s been a terrific year for fundraising,” said Kathy Creveling, Hunterdon County’s Special Olympic Director. “All told, we’ve raised nearly $55,000.

“I want to point out that Readington Police Chief Joe Greco was the Chairman of our Golf Outing for the second year in a row,” she said. “He’s done an outstanding job. And the Somerset Patriots surprised us with a very nice donation from their own outing in honor of Sid Benjamin, a long time Special Olympic supporter.”

To round out the week, a second tournament was held specifically for Hunterdon’s Special Olympic Golf Team members. Each athlete was teamed up with a coach and competed for prizes and special recognition.

“This is our golf team’s favorite day of the year,” said Head Coach Audrey Wrobel. “We had so much fun!”

Every dollar from Special Olympic funds raised by Hunterdon volunteers goes to support programs ranging from basketball to bowling to bocce, swimming to snow skiing, track & field to tennis and golf and more. There is no paid staff in Hunterdon; all coaches and local administrators are volunteers.

If you know of an athlete that would like to participate in any of the programs, call Kathy Creveling at 908-310-8884.