Last week Priority‑1’s Torah Academy hosted a unique fundraiser—it was actually fun! Instead of sitting around at a stuffy dinner event or parlor meeting, the event was a billiards tournament. The entire billiards hall was rented out for the evening and taken over by a crowd of young Jewish professionals from the Five Towns, Far Rockaway, Queens, and Brooklyn. The atmosphere was casual with delicious finger food and sushi served by Oldak Caterers and Sushi Tokyo. The evening began with a jazz trio playing live music, setting the tone for an evening of fun and FUNdraising for an important community organization.
The players arrived and began to warm up, preparing for the competition. Soon the brackets were set and the competition got started. The game was eight ball, a single elimination game with the winner advancing to the next round. The sounds of excitement mingled with the click of balls and conversation, as the first round got underway.
The competition progressed until there were only four competitors left: JJ Reider from Brooklyn playing Yossi Katz from Far Rockaway for the championship and second place respectively, and Moshe Berkowitz from Brooklyn and Mordechai Schuler from Hewlett playing for the third place prize. The crowd gathered around to watch as the final rounds commenced. The third place game was being led handily by Moshe when he scratched on the eight ball, losing to Mordechai, who walked away with a new Keurig coffee maker. The final championship game was a close one with JJ Reider pulling away at the end and taking home the grand prize trophy and a new Macbook Air. Yossi Katz won second place and received an iPad mini. Special thanks to Levi Kramer of Chiffon Kosher Cake Center, 430 Avenue P in Brooklyn, for the generous donation of a “billiards table” cake masterpiece.
It was a great evening, fun-filled and for a good cause. Hope to see you there next time! For more information about Priority‑1’s Torah Academy, visit www.priority‑1.org or call 516-295-5700. v