Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly plans 21st annual Play Fore! the Kids
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Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly plans 21st annual Play Fore! the Kids

Golf, Tennis, Games & Entertainment day on August 2

A group shot of all the 2019 golfers (Photos courtesy JCCOTP)
A group shot of all the 2019 golfers (Photos courtesy JCCOTP)

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will hold its 21st annual Play Fore! the Kids Golf, Tennis, Games and Entertainment day at Montammy Golf Club in Alpine on Monday, August 2. The full day of fun raises vital funds for children with special needs, allowing the JCC to offer a wide range of meaningful programs that help those children reach their highest potential.

The day begins with men’s and women’s tennis and both 9-and 18-hole golf games that include greens fees, cart, and caddy, on-course refreshments, and lunch as part of the package. People who are neither golfers nor tennis players can enjoy an afternoon of mah jongg or canasta; participants can play and enjoy lunch with friends or come as single participants. The festivities continue into the evening with a lavish strolling dinner reception (kosher, of course), complete with top-flight drinks; there are also prizes, raffles, and auctions featuring exclusive sporting event packages and one-of-a-kind dream destinations. New this year, to raise the bar on fun, the JCC is featuring comedian Johnny Lampert, as seen on Comedy Central.

2019 women’s tennis players, front row, from left, are Lindsay Till, Daryn Katz,
Jillian Somberg, Stephanie Cohn, Orly Chen, and Jacqueline Pollack. Susan Penn, Lindsay Fries, Julie Sheppard, Keri Friedman, Casey Halper, Stephanie Goldman Rosen, Tina Schweid, Erica Polavieja, Beth Rubach, and Lauren Nulman are in the back.

“The goal of the day is to share in some light-hearted fun with friends and family and to connect with a core JCC mission at the same time — which is to do our part to ensure that all children with special needs have access to important life experiences that not only bring them new skills, but make them feel included as valuable members of our community,” the JCC’s CEO, Jordan Shenker, said. “Our annual golf and games event helps us succeed in this effort, as we continue to draw new participants and reach new goals each year.”

Presenting sponsors include the Hechler family, the Kaplen Foundation, and the Kurtz and Spadaccini families. Founding co-chairs include Michael Kollender, JoJo Rubach, and Barry Zeller. Golf co-chairs include Dan Cohn, Cory Hechler, and Tracy Reichel. Games and tennis co-chairs include Jenna Gutmann and Jillian Somberg and the incoming 2022 golf co-chairs include Noah Garden, Mark Goldstein, and Jillian Somberg. The auction committee includes co-chairs Dana Goldstein and Lindsay Till and members Stephanie Abramow, Danielle Beer, Samantha Cantor, Jessica Chodos, Meghan Cutler, Cortney Drumheller, Candice Flax, Lindsay Fries, Alana Hurewitz, Jennifer Peykar, Jacqueline Pollack, Alison Sheeley, and Rachael Wexler.

Candice Flax and Beth Rubach look at auction items

For more information, to become a sponsor, or for pricing on the various venues, go to www.jccotp.org/playforethekids.

Reservations are being accepted for foursomes, games, and dinner reception at jccotp.org/playforethekids. To make reservations, or for more information, call Fran Koszer at (201) 408-1404 or email her at fkoszer@jccotp.org.

A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are also available. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, the JCC heavily relies on the community to offer support for those who need it most and to remain a leading resource to individuals in New Jersey.

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