Hitting the links with Bancroft

Bancroft, a leading nonprofit care provider for people with neurological challenges, recently held its 2011 Golf Invitational at Galloway National Golf Course near Atlantic City.

Sixty-nine golfers, including former Philadelphia Eagles player Ken Dunek and N.J. Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden), took on one of the nation’s best golf courses in support of Bancroft’s programs. The event grossed more than $64,000, exceeding the organization’s original $50,000 goal. Following the event, golfing participants enjoyed dinner, awards and mingling with fellow Bancroft supporters.

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The event “was a wonderful day,” said golfer Tom Csapo from Freedom Builders. “I golfed, met new friends and helped celebrate a well-deserved cause.”

To help connect golfers to those benefitting from the outing, the event included a “Captains’ Challenge,” with each foursome assigned a “team captain” — someone from one of 13 Bancroft programs. These captains each provided written information about themselves, as well as a photo. Each captain also rolled a die, and the resulting number was deducted from that team’s score.

Event organizer Deb Conner acknowledged the course’s demands: “Everyone met the challenge at varying levels of success, but they all seemed to enjoy the experience.”

The outing winners were:

• Brett Bernosky of YVIS for individual low gross.

• Jeff Heppard of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for individual low net.

• Mike Davis, Joe Harvey, Stephen Pergolin and Jack Tarditi for the Captains’ Challenge.

“A big thank you to all of the golfers, volunteers and sponsors for making this event such a success,” Conner said.

Corporate sponsors included Costanza Builders, Conner Strong & Buckelew, Stewart Business Systems, The Graham Company, Carlisle & Associates, Holman Automotive and All Risk.

Bancroft supports over 1,300 people annually and is the second largest nonprofit in the state of New Jersey. The 2011 Golf Invitational not only raised money and awareness for the organization, but it also brought community members together for a worthy cause, representatives reported.

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