NEWTON, N.J. – Some 115 area women took to the golf course for a good cause during the annual United Way Honey Open Golf Outing on September 12 at the Farmstead Golf & Country Club.
Nearly $25,000 was raised at the women’s-only golf event to support scholarship opportunities for local women and their families who are ALICE -- Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed -- living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to afford the basics.
Hosted by the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, the event honors the legacy of tournament founder Helen “Honey” Ackerman, a former Sussex County clerk who believed women and children should have access to resources to build a better life, subsequently helping to build a stronger community. The Council brings together philanthropic women across the region to help ALICE women and those in poverty become more financially self-sufficient.
Event proceeds will go toward three ALICE scholarship programs. United Way partners with child care centers to provide professional development opportunities for educators and to allow families access to quality child care. In addition, United Way and Sussex County Community College provide matching funds to help ALICE students complete their post-secondary education.
The event was made possible by Platinum Sponsors Investors Bank, Lakeland Bank and Thorlabs Inc.; Gold Sponsors Bentley Assisted Living at Branchville, Elizabethtown Gas, Juniper Village at Chatham and Van Den Heuvel & Fountain Inc.; and Silver Sponsors Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus, Biondo Investment Advisors, Eastern Propane, First Hope Bank, The Foundation for Sussex County Community College, The Morville Agency, Nisivoccia LLP, and Prudential Insurance.