ABCNJ 3rd Annual Golf Classic a "Swingin'" Success!On a beautiful summer day - crisp blue sky, warm 90 degrees, slight breeze, but low humidity - a company of golfers trooped to the greens and fairways of the Lakewood Country Club, enthusiastically wielding their golf clubs, to play the sport that they love and at the same time participate in this annual fundraising event of ABCNJ that benefits the Baptist Camp Lebanon.
Buoyed by the generosity of two major event sponsors - NextGen Church and Sovereign Insurance, Co. - four hole sponsors and donors, 33 players registered to show and play on the links. Don Smith, director of Camp Lebanon, participated in the event himself. He addressed the players after the game at the dinner reception and awarding of prizes, and expressed his profound gratitude for their support and generosity. The group was inspired by Don's presentation of some of what Camp Lebanon does in its ministry, of how the lives of many young people - especially young people - have been transformed for a lifetime because of their experience at Camp.
A first for this year is that one of our ABCNJ local churches committed to be an event sponsor ($1,000+)! We are grateful to Rev. Dr. Mia Chang, senior pastor of NextGen, and her husband Steven Ku. Not only are we so grateful for their selfless generosity, but for setting an example for the entire churches of ABCNJ. It will be awesome if our churches commit to a year and be an event sponsor! Not only did NextGen commit to be an event sponsor this year, they also registered and sent two foursomes to play! And in another tiwst of creativity, the two foursomes were all parent-child teams! The featured photo in this article shows the kind of fun NextGen had!
Our friendly competition is not without consequence! Our golf event awards special prizes and trophies to the top three foursomes. This year, our first place winners are Ray Gotta (from FBC New Brunswick, Rev. Dr. Luciano Marquez, senior pastor and Rev. Dr. John Hayward, pastor emeritus), Ken Davis, Curt Johns, and Jim Childs (from Central Baptist Church of Palmyra, Rev. Wes Allen, senior pastor).
To see all the photos of the event, click on the following link: ABCNJ 3rd Annual Golf Classic.
Be part of a great cause and join us next year!