Golf News for Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | People

Dean T. Criares earns Chairman's Award from New Jersey Golf Foundation

The New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the New Jersey Section, PGA of America (NJPGA), will be presenting the 2013 Chairman's Award toDean T. Criares, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Drew University and a partner at Sound Harbor Partners, an investment firm providing private credit to U.S. companies. The Chairman's Award, which is presented annually to an individual who works tirelessly behind the scenes to support the NJGF's programs and initiatives, will be presented at the 7th Annual NJGF Golf Classic, Monday, August 5, 2013, at the Baltusrol Golf Club.

The NJGF was created to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf, and the Annual Golf Classicis the signature event on the NJGF calendar, as more than $175,000 was raised in 2012 to support a breadth of player development programs.The NJGFoffersdynamic programs where individuals from all backgrounds, including youth, special needs, military and women, can experience the game of golf in a welcoming environment, highlighted by "Golf In Schools," Boys & Girls Clubs of America and YMCA programs.The primary beneficiary of the August 5 event is "Golf In Schools," an initiative that introduces the game of golf to children by incorporating the sport into the physical education curriculum at elementary and middle schools, under the guidance of PGA Professionals. Backed by the generous contributions from NJGF supporters, an astounding 110,000 children (K-8th grade) at more than 200 schools participate in the program, which continues to grow every year throughout New Jersey.

"The NJGF Golf Classic is a wonderful event and we encourage friends, colleagues and corporations who are looking to support youth golf programming to join us for an amazing day at one of the truly special golf venues in the country," said Gregg Angelillo, President, NJGF. "Contributions from our supporters make a vital difference, as we continue to enhance our programming, providing opportunities for boys and girls from all backgrounds to experience the joys of playing golf."

The NJGF Golf Classic at Baltusrol Golf Club is a memorable experience for all attendees. Rich in tradition and heritage, Baltusrol Golf Club is home to two championship courses (Lower and Upper), having hosted 16 national championships, including seven U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. In 2016, the PGA Championship will once again return to Baltusrol.

There are several opportunities and sponsorship levelsforcorporations and avid golfers to participate. Proceeds will support theexcitingline-up of NJGF youth programs, Special Olympics and scholarships for worthy candidates. From an Individual package (single player) which includes golf, breakfast/lunch, cocktail reception and golfer gifts, to a Title Partner package (two foursomes) which includes golfer gifts, recognition on the foundation website, on-site signage recognition, a presentation at the tournament reception, a year-long foundation corporate partnership, access to the NJPGA Pro Am Series and recognition on all event materials; there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available.

Limited space is still available; please visit call 732-465-1212 for details and sponsorship opportunities.

About The New Jersey Golf Foundation
The New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF) was created by the NJPGA in 2004 to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf. The NJGF is committed to creating and offering programs where individuals from all backgrounds have an opportunity to access and experience the game. The NJGF "Golf In Schools" Program is run annually at more than 200 schools, impacting more than 110,000 boys and girls (K-8) throughout New Jersey. For more information, visit

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