On Friday, August 1, HALB’s Avnet Country Day School—the Woodmere Campus—joined with Ohel Children’s Home & Family Services at the Lawrence Yacht and Golf Club for the first “Future Leaders” Ohel golf event.
The money raised from the golf event will go to Ohel’s Simcha Fund, which provides funding to help Ohel foster children and children with disabilities to have a bar or bat mitzvah like everyone else in the community. An immediate need is for an Ohel foster child who is having his bar mitzvah and requires a new pair of tefillin. The support will also help his parents buy him a new suit, and it will enable them to make a Kiddush.
Avnet’s Woodmere Campus was looking for a unique chesed program to engage their boys this summer, and under the leadership of Director Jack Tarzik, Associate Director Rabbi Jeremy Fine, and Ohel’s Laurie Szenicer, the Ohel “Future Leaders” golf event was created.
The golf event included various contests, including a chipping, driving, and closest-to-the-pin competition, with great prizes and delicious food being served throughout the event. Michelle Sulzberger, golf co-chair of the Ohel OMNI Golf Tournament, attended as well to present the awards to the future Ohel golf committee.
“It’s great to see the campers of Avnet Country Day School so eager to support the children and families of Ohel,” said Laurie Szenicer, Ohel’s senior development associate. She continued, “Ohel’s Future Leaders golf event is a great way to introduce children to the amazing work that Ohel does.” Avnet’s director, Jack Tarzik, seemed to sum up everyone’s sentiments when he said, “We hope our future leaders will always lead with causes such as Ohel in mind.”
For more information about how to set up your own Ohel camp event or create your own event, please contact Laurie at Laurie_Szenicer@ohelfamily.org or 718-686-3316 or visit www.ohelfamily.org.
Since 1969, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages effectively manage disability, surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises. ϖ