HOLIDAY EXPRESS HOSTS 11TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC by Joanne Colella

Looking for a way to spread the holiday spirit in the middle of summer? Then head to the links this month for a special golf outing to benefit the area’s preeminent volunteer organization, Holiday Express.  On Monday, July 22, all are invited to participate in the 11th Annual Holiday Express Golf Classic, to be held at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle.  (Rain date is August 12.)

Two decades ago, a small group of volunteers visited 10 charities. From that time, and a rather uncertain beginning, the charity programs have grown to a remarkable 60, slated from mid-November through Christmas Eve, and Holiday Express is now an anchor in our community. For the past 20 years, the Holiday Express mission has been to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year.  Founded in 1993 by Tim McLoone, the organization delivers music, food, gifts, and human kindness to adults and children in need, including the mentally and physically disabled, the isolated, individuals in addiction and recovery programs, the poor and the homeless, and children with serious illnesses. With a constituency of more than 15,000 throughout the metropolitan tri-state area, their priority is to serve those who are desperately in need and often forgotten.

The organization includes 100 professional singers and musicians who volunteer their time, and more than 1,300 other children and adult volunteers who work tirelessly year-round to prepare and perform the private charity programs at specialized schools, psychiatric facilities, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens.

All of that generous effort requires support on many levels, and the annual Holiday Express Golf Classic is one of the few public events held each year that serves as a fundraiser to benefit the organization’s mission.  And – in true Holiday Express fashion – it always proves to be a tremendous day of fun and camaraderie among friends, both old and new!

The cost to participate is $425 per player, which includes green fees, cart, golfer’s gift, on-course refreshments, special gourmet treat at the halfway house, lunch, cocktail reception and awards dinner, gift auction, and entertainment.     A forecaddie will also be provided for each foursome.

For the 9 Hole Ladies Morning Shotgun, the cost is $300 per player.

And for non-golfers who’d like to join the festivities and show their support, the cost for the Cocktail Reception & Dinner only is $75 per person.

The day’s agenda will include:

MORNING SHOTGUN

7:00 a.m. – Registration, Warm-up, and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – Shotgun Start

9:00 a.m. – Ladies Start

AFTERNOON SHOTGUN

10:30 a.m. – Registration

11:45 p.m. – Lunch

12:15 p.m. – Golf Clinic presented by Brent Studer, PGA

1:00 p.m. – Shotgun Start

6:00 p.m. – Cocktails and Awards Dinner (Lunch and Dinner included for all players)

Prizes will be awarded for Team Best Ball, Individual Gross and Net Prizes, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are also available, at various levels.  They include:

  • Eagle Academic Sponsor — $10,000; includes four players and special recognition
  • Cocktail Reception — $5,000
  • Luncheon Sponsor — $3,000
  • Awards/Prize Sponsor — $2,500
  • Gold Sponsor — $2,500; includes four players and Own-A-Hole
  • Forecaddie Sponsor — $2,300; include your name on forecaddie bib
  • Cart Fleet Sponsor — $2,000
  • Player Gift Sponsor — $2,000
  • Putting Green Sponsor — $1,500
  • On-Course Refreshment Sponsor — $1,000
  • Driving Range Sponsor — $500
  • Tee Sponsor — $300 

Thanks to the proceeds from the golf outing, along with the generosity of donors throughout the years, Holiday Express has awarded more than $470,000 to very special students in need in the communities they serve.

For more information about Holiday Express or the 11th Annual Holiday Express Golf Classic, please visit www.holidayexpress.org, call (732) 544-8010, or email holexpress@comcast.net. To participate in the golf event, kindly RSVP by July 9.