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Scholarship Golf Outing Honors Late Short Hills Resident Allen Meisels

NJ SEEDS Board Members with the Meisels Family at the Allen Meisels Memorial Golf Classic. Credits: Courtesy of SEEDS
Gayle Wieseneck, SEEDS Trustee, Jill Tarnow, Kim Wachtel, and Patti Kent all Short Hills residents. Credits: Courtesy of SEEDS
SEEDS graduates: Emmanuel Bello (SEEDS ’00, NJ SEEDS Board of Trustees), Nordia Bennett (’13, Guidance Officer at NJ SEEDS), Jose Correa (’97), Thomas Gaffney (’01), Mariana Lopes ('01) Credits: Courtesy of SEEDS

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - The SEEDS Golf Classic, an annual fundraiser for NJ SEEDS, took a new name this year to honor 20-year trustee Allen Meisels who passed away May 30 of this year. The newly dubbed Allen Meisels Memorial Golf Classic, hosted by Bleakley Financial, raised over $211,000 to support scholarships for educational access to highly motivated, low-income students.  

Short Hills resident Meisels was born in New York and survived polio as a youngster, but never let that challenge limit his dreams. After graduating NYU and founding his own company, Garden State Business Machines, Meisels sought to give back and served with New Jersey SEEDS to help others dreams come true.  

“New Jersey SEEDS and Bleakley Financial Group are honored to name this annual event in memory of Allen Meisels,” says NJ SEEDS Executive Director John F. Castano. “Allen served as a New Jersey SEEDS Trustee for more than 20 years. He was one of the major drivers behind the creation of our Golf Classic, and brought that same dedication, innovation, and compassion to all he did with SEEDS."

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The yearly golf outing has raised over $2.7 million since its inception with the support of Bleakley Financial Group. The money has provided almost 160 SEED experiences. 

For 25 years, New Jersey SEEDS has provided educational access for highly motivated, low-income students and created a viable path for them to achieve their full potential. SEEDS strives for a world in which young people’s initiative, creativity, and intellect can flourish without regard to socioeconomic status. Since SEEDS’ founding in 1992, more than 2,300 scholars have graduated from its programs. For more information, visit

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