The people leave to help an Egg Harbor Township cheerleading and football program.
A fundraiser for the Egg Harbor Township Youth Organization will be held at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links on November 19.
The event was announced several days after EHTYO President Dominic Branca spoke about the need for the organization to pay for and install a new scoreboard at a township committee meeting. ‘Egg Harbor Wednesday, asking township officials for help.
Township committee member Joe Cafero approached the golf course about fundraising and spearheaded efforts to organize the event, titled “Joe Cafero Golf Outing”. He said that the EHTYO was a crucial opportunity for the children of the township which he is proud to support.
“Organizations like this are important to the character and athletic development of our youth,” Cafero said in a statement included on a flyer for the event.
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The fundraiser will consist of a golf outing followed by a reception on the course. Start time is 10am in the form of a shotgun start with a four way race. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and there is a post-release reception scheduled for 3 p.m. at McCullough’s. Tickets are $100 for golf and lunch, with reception-only tickets costing $40.
There are also several sold sponsorship opportunities. You can sponsor a hole on the course for $100 or sponsor the next lunch for $1,000. The first sponsorship will deliver a sponsor sign near a hole on the course, while the second will have the sponsor recognized at the reception, while also being named on a banner at the reception, on scorecards and on golf carts. There is also a “Touchdown Sponsor” for $475 which receives group of four outing tickets, hole sponsorship and hospitality recognition.
The fundraising effort is trying to help defray the cost of a $15,000 dash that EHTYO purchased for its land in Veterans Memorial Park, as well as any delivery and installation. Branca said on Wednesday the new board was desperately needed as the current one had fallen into disrepair, leaving the organization struggling to repair it throughout the 2022 football season. aid by EHTYO said they were unable to fund a replacement at the time, while the organization’s normal fundraising efforts were disrupted by leadership turnover of his Booster Club. As other equipment gets more expensive, Branca said Wednesday that not having help with the $15,000 dashboard replacement would “devastate” the EHTYO.
McCullough General Manager Tom Sullivan said Monday the golf course is pleased to support youth organizations and other important community resources in Egg Harbor Township.
Branca said via email Sunday that he was grateful for Cafero’s support. He also thanked township committee member Ray Ellis, who was another strong supporter of helping the EHTYO pay for the scorecard, and former mayor James “Sonny” McCullough. He said it took three days from Wednesday’s committee meeting to organize the tournament.
“The speed of response is amazing,” Branca said.
The EHTYO scoreboard wasn’t the only sports facility discussed at the city committee meeting on Wednesday. The Egg Harbor Township Baseball Association requested lights be installed at Veterans Park for the field used by its 11- and 12-year-old baseball players. Association board chairman Jamie Gillespie said the situation was unfair to his players and hindered their development, citing other municipalities that have lit pitches for this age group.
Other sports capital projects in Egg Harbor Township are already underway. The township committee entered into a shared services agreement with the Egg Harbor Township School District regarding the use of its football and multipurpose fields in August. The township agreed to pay $540,500 to install new lights at the stadium, in exchange for the township’s youth teams having access to the fields for late-night games.
Those interested in helping raise funds for EHTYO can make reservations at mcculloughsgolf.com or write a check payable to McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links. You can also RSVP by email to [email protected]
Contact Chris Doyle