The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly will host its first annual “Sports Night of Champions” on Tuesday, February 13, at 6 p.m. The evening will include a strolling dinner, live auction, awards ceremony honoring community leaders, scholarship presentations to high school athletes, and guest appearances by Phil Simms, the two-time NFL Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl XXI MVP, and Chris Simms, a nationally celebrated NBC football commentator, will support JCC scholarships .
The evening also will celebrate the life and legacy of Joseph Taub, a former co-owner of the New Jersey Nets and a founder of Automatic Data Processing, who will be remembered with the JCC Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of the tremendous impact he had on underserved youth in the area of athletics.
“We are proud to remember Joseph Taub as a dear friend,” the JCC’s CEO, Jordan Shenker, said. “His long-lasting impact on our JCC and this community will live on in our hearts and memories. He made dreams of a better life possible for countless youth and it is a privilege to honor him at our first annual Sport Night of Champions, which is so closely connected to his lifelong love of sports and his desire to do for others.”
Gordon A. Uehling III, founder of CourtSense, will be honored with the JCC Emerging Leader award in appreciation for his inspiration and guidance to thousands of aspiring young athletes in the community.
The JCC will present its first Scholar Athlete awards to Tobias Zypman of Cresskill High School and Alexandra George of Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. Both high school seniors will receive $3,600 college scholarships to recognize their athletic excellence, academic achievements, and contributions to building stronger communities through youth leadership. Runner up and honorable mention scholarship awards will be given to four other seniors.
The evening is sponsored by Michelle and Scott Tesser and family. The event board includes its chair, JoJo Rubach, Kenny Albert, Noah Garden, Jeff Kurtz, Steve Rosner, Danny Rubin, Craig Silver, Gordon A. Uehling III, Tracy Wolfson, and Barry Zeller. Early bird general admission dinner tickets are $180 per person through January 22; $250 per person after. Student admission is $50. For information, including sponsorship opportunities, and tickets, go to jccotp.org/sportsnight or call Michal Kleiman at (201) 408-1412.