SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - More than 80 golfers teed off in support of the South Orange Rescue Squad (SORS) at the Second Annual South Orange Invitational at the East Orange Golf course in Short Hills, on Sept. 17.

According to a press release from the SORS, South Orange Village Trustee Deborah Davis Ford and Chair of the Invitational announced last year that the South Orange Invitational would support the volunteer members of the SORS in their quest to fund the purchase of a much-needed new ambulance.

The steering committee and community members worked many months to ensure that the attendees would have a great day while supporting a worthwhile cause, stated the release from the SORS. 

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Funds were raised from across the community including Champion sponsorship from Investors Bank, Building Homes for Hero’s and Stone Mountain Properties, with more than $60,000 raised at the Invitational.

A portion of the $60,000 was raised from auction items which were donated by area merchants, including Millburn Audi, which provided the ”Hole in One” prize: a lease on a 2018 Audio A4.

SORS is staffed by volunteer EMT’s and all ambulances, equipment, and supplies are maintained and funded solely by contributions from the community, with volunteers contributing over 20,000 on-duty hours per year and responding to an average of 1,300-1,400 calls each year, stated the release.

The tournament concluded with a celebratory dinner where Michael Doran won the 50/50 totaling $2,080.00.

South Orange Village Trustee Deborah Davis Ford announced at the dinner that next year’s South Orange Invitational will benefit the JESPY House, a nonprofit organization that enables adults with learning and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential and lead independent lives.