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Gift of Life America 3rd Annual Golf Classic

Gift of Life America Rain forced a change of date from July 23rd to August 27th at the Apple Ridge Country Club in Mahwah, NJ. That did not stop the organization from raising between $80,000.00 and $100,000.00. Almost 100 golfers took part on this perfect golf day and after a clubhouse buffet lunch, took off after 1:00 PM in golf carts to begin their play. When they finished, many participated in a Putting Contest before partaking of a Cocktail Hour and a lavish Dinner
The purpose and mission of Gift of Life America is devoted to improving the lives of children under the age of eighteen years of age who are citizens of the United States of America and are economically disadvantaged, in adoptive or foster care, or awaiting adoption, by filling gaps in public funding for medical, dental and ocular needs and supporting services, and/or making funding available for other activities, goods and/or services that will enhance the quality of life of these children.

One of their programs is to provide car seats and strollers for disadvantaged families. It seems that these families upon leaving the hospital with their newborn infant cannot get public transportation because taxis do not have car seats. Gift of Life America hopes to help these families.

Among the many players were quite a few members of the Paramus Rotary Club. They included Nick Laganella (Chairman & Founder of GoL America & Golf Committee Member), Ray Hough (Trustee & Golf Committee Member), Mike Kurzawski, Mike Murphy, Lloyd Astmann, Tom Ciaiffa, Bill Prendergast and Chip Philibosian. Not playing but active were: Lois D. Horowitz, Lee Rickenberg and Carol Macina.

Sitting in my car in the parking lot for awhile and observing one of the holes, it was surprising to see a ball come bouncing on the grass to my left. This was followed by Mike Kurzawski who deftly took a couple of strokes to get on the green. A little while later, another ball came bouncing off to my right, but on the grass. Along came Charles Philibosian who tried to get back on the green, but landed in a sand trap. With the amount of strokes that it took, one can guess where he got the nickname ‘Chip’!

Among the golf committee members were Pete Caminiti Sr., Daniel Tichio, Dick Clancy Adele Costanzo and Donna Wittig. Among the Trustees, Senator Joe Coniglio and Mayor James Tedesco were unable to attend. Dr. Robert Jones of Children’s & Family Services was there as was the CAFS Executive Vice President, Liz Mason, who was the Finance Committee Chairperson.

The golfers were given an extra treat courtesy of Simply Relax members Joan Burns and Jackie Scheurman, Certified Massage Therapists, who had volunteered to relax the players with on-site massages. Headquartered in Emerson and locations elsewhere including the Sheraton Mahwah, they elicited oohs and aahs from the golfers as they returned to the club house.

Corporate Sponsors were Laganella Property Management, United Assurance, The law offices of Richard Malagiere, Metrovest Equities and Greater Community Bancorp.

One of the prizes offered at the dinner auction was a little Pomeranian dog. This cute little black and white pup was adored by all the ladies who just couldn’t help but cuddle the cutey. It was donated by HomeCare 24-7 of Rochelle Park and Elizabeth. Complete with carrying cage, books, all shots and toys, the winning bid came from Anita Laganella.
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