Tuesday, January 7, 2020
United Way Chili Open Golf Classic takes place snow or shine
United Way of Northern New Jersey invites winter sports enthusiasts to its one-of-a-kind, family friendly golf event in Sussex County that takes place in any kind of weather at the Sussex County Fairgrounds on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 17th annual United Way Chili Open Golf Classic combines a spirited golf outing with the serious work of raising money to help area residents who are struggling to make ends meet.
Golfers can play 18 holes — sometimes in the snow and freezing temperatures — and warm up afterward with a chili sampling fest as well as a variety of other fare from local restaurants and caterers. Participants also can take part in a raffle featuring prizes from local businesses and community members and listen to live music by Sussex County band R.E.NO.
Event proceeds will help ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) area residents who, despite working and paying taxes, are struggling to afford the basics. United Way research shows that 29 percent of Sussex County households are ALICE or in poverty.
“This annual event not only brings together the community for a fun time, it also serves as a way to assist our neighbors in need,” said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin. “Through the United Way Chili Open Golf Classic, we are helping area residents get on a path financial stability.”
United Way works to remove the barriers that keep ALICE and those in poverty from reaching their potential. By tackling the underlying causes of financial instability — the lack of a quality education, insufficient income and poor health — United Way seeks to create long-lasting, positive change.
To date, event sponsors include Name a Nine Sponsors Franklin Mutual Insurance, Selective and Thorlabs and Habanero Sponsors Homebridge Financial Services, Lakeland Bank, navitend and Newton Medical Center Foundation. Tickets are $85 per golfer.