The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades held its 18th annual “Play Fore! the Kids Golf, Tennis and Games” on August 6. Participants gathered at Montammy Golf Club in Alpine for the course and courts — canasta and mah jongg — and cocktails, dinner, and an auction. The day raised more than $300,000 to support programming for children with special needs who come to the JCC to participate in educational and recreational programs that enhance their quality of life. “Providing meaningful experiences for children with different abilities is a core JCC mission,” the JCC’s CEO, Jordan Shenker, said.
A highlight of the evening was Louanna Branca and her husband, Danny Boylan, parents of twins who were born prematurely and spent months in the neonatal unit at Hackensack University Medical Center. One of the twins, Ethan, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. After a long search for treatment, the family was referred to the JCC Guttenberg Center for Special Services, which helped him immensely and improved life for the entire family.
Sponsors included the Hechler family, the Kurtz and Spadaccini families, Maggie Kaplen and the Kaplen Foundation, the Tesser family, the Rubach family, Jill and Jason Rubach, the Zeller family, and Englewood Health. Daniel Cohn, Cory Hechler, and Tracy Reichel were event chairs, Michel Fox Blum and Jamie Molluzzo were auction co-chairs, and Stephanie Cohn, Jenna Gutmann, and Jillian Somberg were games and tennis co-chairs. The committee included Brandis Bukzin, Becky Canarick, Nanette Greenberg, Amy Handman, Jonathan Marks, Sarah Nanus, Erica Polavieja, Jacqueline Pollack, Heather Rabinowitz, Beth Rubach, Eva Rubach, JoJo Rubach, Lindsay Skulnik, Joanna Wald, Hope Waxman, and Jill Zimmerman. The JCC is still accepting donations at jccotp.org/playforethekids.