The 37th annual Daughters of Miriam Golf Classic, on August 21 was even more memorable because it coincided with the solar eclipse. The classic, held at the Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, supports funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia care at Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen Institute. It brought business and community leaders together for a day of golf and socializing.
Eight players who were closest to the hole on the four par-3 holes participated in the $500,000 Planned Companies Shootout. At the end of the regulation round, two more spots in the $500,000 shootout contest were auctioned off. Ten golfers on the 18th hole competed for the half-million-dollar prize from a distance of 150 yards.
In addition, the shotgun event offered hole-in-one prizes including cars, vacations, jewelry, and cash awards. Among the sponsors were the Timepiece Collection of Englewood, Frank’s Truck Center of Lyndhurst, Route 23 Auto Mall of Butler, and Yanina & Co. of Cedar Grove.
Participants received a variety of gifts when they registered and had brunch and an outdoor cocktail hour on the new patio, and dinner. There were both silent and live auctions with prizes including foursomes at exclusive golf clubs; football, baseball, hockey, and basketball tickets; sports memorabilia; vacations; and hard-to-get tickets to Broadway shows, including “Hamilton.”
Robert Francis, CEO of Planned Companies, the tournament’s shootout sponsor, announced the winner of the 2017 Ford Mustang Coupe, which was valued at more than $24,000. In a completely unforeseen twist, Mr. Francis was handed a raffle with his own name on it. As it turned out, he was the grand-prize winner. Mr. Francis donated the car back to Daughters of Miriam Center, generously adding to the day’s fundraising success.
Volunteer coordinators Linda Fishman, Anne Kanter, and Leslie Levine supervised the volunteers who helped the day run smoothly.
Companies and individuals sponsoring the classic included Premier Flag Sponsor ($25,000) the McCutchen Foundation. Double Eagle Sponsors ($10,000) were A.L. Levine Family Foundation, Levco Shopping Centers, Sylvia and Avi Safer, Safer Textiles, Carole and Joel J. Steiger, and Valley National Bank. The Shootout Sponsor ($10,000) was Planned Companies. Eagle Sponsors ($7,500) were Cole Schotz, P.C.; Integra Housing Group and the Joined Management Team, and Leslie, Peter, and Rachel Levine. Gold Tee Sponsors ($5,000) were Evco Mechanical; Robert Gutenstein; Jay Horwitz; Lewis Family Trust, Larry A. Levy, Trustee; Stephen A. Ploscowe; Fox Rothschild, and Lisa and Jeff Silvershein. Birdie Sponsors ($2,500)were ECS Global, Jacqueline and Alex Fleysher, Anne and Andrew Kanter, Lisa and David Kessler, Philip Moss, Nursing Network, Dr. Dely Go, Speedy Rx, and Twin Med Medical Services. Meal Sponsors ($1,500) were Randi and Tedd Kochman, Spencer Savings Bank, OptumCare, and St. Mary’s Hospital.