RUMSON, NJ – When the pandemic hit, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore successfully pledged to deliver over 100,000 boxes of love to essential workers! The boxes of love delivered were the amazing Girl Scout Cookies! The Girl Scouts never paused, but continued giving back to the community delivering love and smiles to those who needed it most during the darkest days of COVID-19.
So, on October 6th it was time for the community to show their love for the Girl Scouts! More than 80 golfers and supporters gathered at the Rumson Country Club for the annual Girl Scout Golf Classic charity event, presented by Investors Bank and OceanFirst Bank. Over $50,000 was raised to enable more young girls to thrive with The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.
The event was originally scheduled for June, but the golf tournament was postponed due to the pandemic. With safety measures in place, golfers enjoyed a round of golf, followed by an open-air dinner reception to raise support for the area’s largest nonprofit organization devoted to girls.
Forty local businesses and individuals also supported the event as sponsors, reflecting the 'caring spirit of the local community', as referenced by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore CEO, Eileen Higgins.
“It’s been a difficult year for Girl Scouts and our entire community,” Higgins said. “We couldn’t be more thankful for the generosity of our sponsors and golfers. Their support will make it possible for more girls from all backgrounds to develop lifelong leadership skills through Girl Scouting.”
Higgins noted that proceeds from the Golf Classic will fund membership fees for girls whose families may be experiencing financial difficulties. Support will also underwrite development of new virtual and in-person leadership programs and activities to keep nearly 10,000 girls connected in the pandemic.
“Now more than ever, Girl Scouts need time together in safe environments to strengthen their overall well-being and be supported in achieving their leadership goals,” Higgins said.
Serving as event co-chairs were Nina Anuario, senior vice president at OceanFirst Bank and first vice chairperson of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Board of Directors, and Victoria Magliacane, senior vice president at Investors Bank.