LIVINGSTON, NJ — After raising a record amount at last year’s Livingston PBA Local 263 Golf Outing, the group hopes to keep the momentum going with the 2019 event to be held on April 29 at Cedar Hill Country Club.
According to Livingston Officer Sean Whalen, who has been heavily involved in the event since being hired 10 years ago and has now been spearheading it for three years, the golf portion of the popular annual event is already sold out with about 144 golfers. However, there is still time to register for the dinner or make a donation to the cause.
The Livingston PBA more-than doubled the previous record of $8,000 last year by raising $20,000. The funds been distributed between various charities, including Spectrum Works, Spectrum 360, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and more in addition to supporting Livingston High School scholarships and other local organizations.
As Whalen is a member of Livingston’s Mission Crossfit and a close friend of owner Joe Romano, whose son is on the autism spectrum, Whalen said it was only fitting to select Romano’s favorite charity, Spectrum Works, as one of the beneficiaries in 2018. Spectrum Works is a local nonprofit that provides job training and employment to individuals with autism, while the local Spectrum360 school implements innovative services, supports and opportunities for hundreds of children, adolescents, young adults and adults with autism.
Whalen said the bulk of the funds raised through the 2019 event will be contributed toward the same two autism charities as well as a few others, including the Parkinson’s Foundation and potentially the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
“We get a lot of the same faces every year to play golf and a lot of the same business in town that really support us,” said Whalen. “Without the people in town that come out and play and donate the prizes that we raffle off, it’s really nothing—so the community and local businesses have always been a huge part of our outing.”
The dinner and open bar portion of the event costs $125 per person, including the opportunity to win prizes and to join a 50/050. The cocktail hour will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Donations can be made via cash or check to the “Livingston PBA Civic Association” and sent to P.O. Box 1873, Livingston, NJ 07039 ATTN: Golf Outing.
The premier event sponsors for the 2019 Livingston PBA Golf Outing include JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, Regal Bank, Figenza Mediterranean Fig-Flavored Vodka, Saint Barnabas Medical Center and CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living.