Tee up and head out to the Simon Family JCC’s Annual Golf Tournament

by | May 20, 2014 | Featured

Tuesday, June 24, noon
Heron Ridge Golf Club
Virginia Beach

The Simon Family JCC’s 4th Annual Presidents’ Cup Tournament has actually existed as a golf tournament since the 1980s. It was renamed the Presidents’ Cup to honor past presidents who have served as leaders and visionaries of the JCC.

For more than 60 years, the JCC has been fortunate to have the strong leadership of people who have given countless hours to guide the Center’s successful development. Sandra Porter Leon was rounding out her first year as president when the idea was presented to host the golf tournament as a way to recognize those past leaders. “The Presidents’ Cup is a way to honor and thank our past presidents for all of their time and commitment in making the JCC what it is today,” says Leon.

“It’s a nice idea to have renamed it the Presidents’ Cup,” says Barry Einhorn, past president and father of incoming president Marty Einhorn. “Past presidents of the JCC still want to be involved and it’s also nice to be recognized.”

The Presidents’ Cup is one of the Simon Family JCC’s primary fundraisers, which helps the center maintain its state-of-theart facility, as well as provide relevant and quality programming.

Specifically, the funds raised by the tournament directly support JCC children’s programs, which help improve the lives of thousands in Tidewater. These special services include financial assistance and scholarships for the Kids Connection before and after school enrichment program, Camp JCC and the camp’s special needs inclusion program, teen programming, the Kid Fit health and nutrition program, and more.

“The tournament gives the JCC the opportunity to provide important programming for this community,” says Einhorn. “Although all the funding is not necessarily given to Jewish children, everything we do at the JCC exposes children to our Jewish values.”

The day of the tournament begins with a bang. The noon shot-gun start sends a stream of golf carts onto the picturesque greens of Heron Ridge Golf Club. Throughout the day, golfers will have multiple opportunities to win fun prizes, a car, and even cash. Golfers will participate in side competitions such as the longest drive, closest to the pin, a putting competition, and a hole-in-one contest.

After 18 holes, golfers will return to the clubhouse to enjoy a catered reception and of course, win more prizes, such as one of the many prize raffle gifts as well as the 50/50 raffle. Golfers will also have the opportunity to hear directly from a beneficiary of the funds raised through the Presidents’ Cup.

Finally, the Presidents’ Cup trophy will be presented to the winning foursome as tribute is paid to the honored guests, the past presidents of the JCC. The day concludes with a toast to their leadership which has guided the JCC since 1952; and for 62 years, has allowed the JCC to be the center of Tidewater’s Jewish community by providing a safe and welcoming gathering place for all generations. “

Aside from getting away from the office and having a fun day of golf with people that support the JCC, corporately and personally, we contribute to this important annual fund raising event,” says Gene Ross, president of LoanCare Servicing and past president of the JCC. “With proceeds largely directed toward children’s programming, it’s easy to acknowledge the significance of this event.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing my fellow past presidents on the course,” says Einhorn. “But I hope they don’t make me look too bad!”

To register to play and support the golf tournament, visit www.SimonFamilyJCC.org to complete the golfer registration form. Contact Evan Levitt, JCC development director, for more information on becoming a Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament sponsor at 757-321-2337 or elevitt@simonfamilyjcc.org.

by Leslie Shroyer and Rebecca Bickford