At the end of the month, the Mahwah Schools Foundation, a volunteer group that raises money for programs in Mahwah schools, is hosting its 13th annual Golf Classic. MSF committee members say the fundraiser is typically one of their biggest.
This year, the group has chosen Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli as its honoree. According to MSF Publicity Chair Juliann D’Elena, each year the “Foundation honors individuals, corporations, and even other civic groups who are leaders in demonstrated commitment to our community and their lasting impact on the lives of our children.” Past honorees include former MEA President and current event Co-Chair Kathy Schal, the Mahwah Municipal Alliance, Former George Washington Principal Dr. Patricia Hanratty, and Stryker.
This year’s event co-chair Jen Ulman said Batelli was chosen because of the police department’s involvement with children in the Mahwah community. Ulman described Batelli as “a dedicated Mahwah resident who has understood the importance [of] having the community work together to develop outstanding students.”
Batelli will attend the Golf Classic as an honoree and receive a gift from the MSF, organizers said.
The Golf Classic is a daylong event happening April 30 at the High Mountain Golf Club in Franklin Lakes. It begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration, lunch, and a 12:30 p.m. tee-off time for golfers. Cocktails and hors d’oeurves will be served from 5-7 p.m., during which time there will be a basket raffle and silent auction.
Organizers say they hope for a strong turnout from community members this year, as the money raised at the Golf Classic is used to give out spring grants. Teachers apply for the grants, which will be given out this May, to fund equipment and programs that are used in Mahwah schools.
Golfers may register in groups of four, or come as individual players and be placed in a foursome during the morning registration. Tickets are also available to attend just the cocktail hour. “There is no limit to the number of people who can attend,” D’Elena said. “The more the merrier!” Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Visit the Mahwah Schools Foundation website for a pricing guide and to purchase tickets.