CRANFORD - The Township of Cranford Junior Chamber of Commerce (“Jaycees”) held their 12th Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. The outing raised $8,000.00 which will benefit two worthy community organizations, the Cranford Baseball and Softball League Inc. and the Union County Educational Services Commission (UCESC).
For the Cranford Baseball and Softball League Inc., the proceeds will be used for field renovation projects that will enhance the safety of play for our youth. The proceeds to be offered to the UCESC will help support its Work Readiness Academy. The Work Readiness Academy provides educational and vocational skills training programs for young individuals ages 16-21 throughout Union County with developmental disabilities (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome). Additionally, it holds an 80% job placement rate as a result of its partnerships with various local businesses that have been willing to provide job shadowing and internship opportunities for students with disabilities.
The outing was a huge success due to the generosity of so many. Along with perfect weather, the outing saw a record 135 golfers 40 donors. With a record number of golfers, the Golf Outing Committee received much needed support from three Work Readiness Academy students, all Cranford residents – Ryan Fay, Brian McAuliffe and Jessie Gaeta. Ryan, Brian, and Jessie assisted with the banquet room set-up, the distribution of the host course’s outing souvenir to each golfer during the round, and at the Beat the Pro Challenge.
The Golf Outing Committee would like to once again offer their sincerest thanks and gratitude to Jessie, Ryan, and Brian for their much needed assistance, and to the generous golfers, sponsors, and donors that helped make this year’s event a tremendous success:
Masters Sponsor – MWT Builders
Beverage Cart Sponsors – Kerry and Tree City Spirits
Ace Sponsors – Cooper, LLC, - Counselors at Law; Access Wealth Planning, LLC; Timothy Pristas and Farmers Insurance; Torcon; Clover Coaches;
Par Sponsors – Kilkenny House; Cranford Knights of Columbus; Top Line Appliance; Appraisal Associates, Inc.; and Jeffrey E. Faller, CFP, AIF and Lincoln Investment Planning, LLC
TD Bank, Ball Pro, Johnson Controls, Marino’s Seafood Market & Restaurant, Sun Mountain Sports, Linksoul, Garlic Rose Bistro, Cranford Vanilla Bean Creamery, New York Red Bulls, Barry O’Donovan and Kilkenny House, Somerset Patriots, Lakewood BlueClaws, Jeff's Landscape Design & Construction LLC, Buffalo Bills, Saint Peter's University Athletics, Rutgers University Athletics, Staten Island Yankees, Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Sky Blue FC, New Jersey State Golf Association, Pittsburgh Steelers, Professional Golfer Greg Norman, Professional Golfer Phil Mickelson, Els for Autism Foundation, Hall of Fame Golfer Jack Nicklaus, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Giants, 1980 USA Olympic Hockey ‘Miracle’ Teammates Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Chicago Cubs, Stateside Vodka, Deutscher Club of Clark Inc, TRUE linkswear, Royal & Awesome, Unionville Vineyards, Crystal Springs Resort, Galloping Hill Golf Course and KemperSports, Pat Kaskiw and Cathy Scotti.
The Cranford Jaycees are an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has had the pleasure of serving the Cranford community for over 50 years. Jaycees’ sponsored fundraising events over the years have afforded opportunities to support efforts such as education, health and wellness, our local first responders, military veterans, youth and recreational activities, the arts, environmental conservation and preservation to name a few.
Each year the Jaycees' golf outing looks to benefit needing organizations within the community. The Jaycees aspire to enrich the Cranford community by giving back to such organizations so that they may continue their fine work. By addressing these organizations' needs today, the Cranford Jaycees hope to afford an opportunity to kindle the spark of imagination for our youth tomorrow. 'We Believe!' that when our youth are afforded opportunity, their inspiration and perspiration will overcome challenges and yield the solutions for tomorrow.