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United Way’s Winter Golf Tradition Raises Funds for Struggling Families

Nearly $40,000 Raised to Help ALICE

From left, Anthony Coiro of Andover, Ray Farrell of Sparta, Michael Shadis of Hampton and Mario Rodriguez of Byram were among the 130 golfers and supporters who attended the annual United Way Chili Open Golf Classic on February 5. The golf event, which raised nearly $40,000, was focused on helping struggling area residents. Photo credit: United Way of Northern New Jersey

Some 130 golfers and supporters didn’t let the snow and freezing temperatures stop them from attending the 19th annual United Way Chili Open Golf Classic on February 5 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Held in any kind of weather, the family-friendly golf event and chili sampling raised nearly $40,000 to help ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and households in poverty — those struggling to afford the basics even before the pandemic hit.

Hosted by United Way of Northern New Jersey in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Branchville, Newton and Wallkill Valley, the event also featured food from local restaurants, raffle prizes from local businesses and community members and live music by Sussex County band R.E.N.O.

The event was made possible in part by Name a Nine sponsors Franklin Mutual Insurance and Thorlabs and Habanero Sponsors ADP TotalSource, Edem Title Agency, Homebridge Financial Services, Lakeland Bank, navitend, Newton Medical Center Foundation, and Selective Insurance.

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