Golfers Raise $66,000 For Children’s Specialized Hospital

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Event co-chair Eric Jensen, Michael Reisz & Company; Junnie Sharkey, Children's Specialized Hospital; patient Michael Wight; mom, Nicole Wight; and dad, Aaron Wight. (Photo courtesy of Children’s Specialized Hospital)

Event co-chair Eric Jensen, Michael Reisz & Company; Junnie Sharkey, Children’s Specialized Hospital; patient Michael Wight; mom, Nicole Wight; and dad, Aaron Wight. (Photo courtesy of Children’s Specialized Hospital)

MOUNTAINSIDE/TOMS RIVER–Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation hosted their annual Golf Invitational on July 16 at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, raising $66,000 to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital’s newest outpatient facility in Egg Harbor.

A total of 133 golfers came out to show their support for Children’s Specialized Hospital, the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the United States, treating more than 19,000 children with specialized rehabilitative care each year.

Denise Porter, of C&R Insurance Agency, and Eric Jensen, of Michael Reisz & Company, co-chaired the Golf Invitational.

Porter was impressed with the spike in participants—21 more golfers than last year—and attributes it to the outstanding care patients receive at Children’s Specialized Hospital.

“The fact that we were able to noticeably increase the number of golfers participating in this year’s Invitational speaks volumes as to how important Children’s Specialized Hospital is to all those who recognize the miracles performed there every day,” Porter said. “Such an outpouring of support truly emphasizes how people will selflessly reach out to those most in need of random kindness and unconditional humanity.”

In addition to golf, participants had a chance to buy tickets in a raffle. First prize was a 60″ LCD TV, the second prize was an iPod Touch and third prize was a Kindle Fire.

This year’s major sponsors of the Golf Invitational included: Toms River Elks B.P.O E. 1875; Michael Reisz & Company; Breaker Electric, Inc.; L’Oreal; Car Wash Operators; Amy Mansue; Deloitte; and Dr. Alex Giaquinto.

With the Invitational over, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation is gearing up for the 25th anniversary of the Umbrella Gala, which is their signature fundraising event. This year’s “Giant Celebration” will be held at the Toyota Club at Met Life Stadium on Oct. 16. Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails, entertainment, dancing, and a high-end silent auction. MVP guests will be treated to a private stadium experience including a tour. For more information, contact Toni Bodrato, special events coordinator, at tbodrato@childrens-specialized.org or 1-908-301-5479.


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