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Jason Papa Golf Tournament in Somers Puts Kids Through Culinary School

Jason Papa

SOMERS, N.Y. - Registration is now open for the second annual Jason D. Papa Memorial Golf Outing and Dinner, to be held Monday, Sept. 26, at Anglebrook Golf Club in Somers.

The outing is organized by the Jason D. Papa Memorial Foundation, which was established in 2015, following the passing of the 2000 Somers High School graduate. To celebrate and remember all that Papa loved and aspired to be, the not-for-profit organization donates all proceeds from its events to the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas in the form of financial scholarships. Award recipients have demonstrated a desire for change in their life and the lives of their families but do not possess the financial means to obtain the necessary skills and education to begin that journey. Papa attended culinary school and worked in the restaurant business.

The inaugural outing was held last October at the Somers Pointe Golf Club, five months after Papa passed. The organization raised enough money to put two people through the program. Sean Hanley, Papa’s friends said they are trying to double that number this year.

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The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas provides training for entry-level and incumbent workers in the Las Vegas hospitality industry. For more information on the academy, visit

On Sept. 26, there will be raffles and prizes (vacations, golf) as well as on-course contests (hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to the pin, beat the pro). To register, donate or sponsor, visit

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