On Monday, August 18, Cross River Bank held its Fifth Annual Golf and Tennis Outing to Benefit Madraigos at Trump National Golf Club of Westchester. Known for its challenging course, spectacular grounds, and majestic waterfall on the 13th green, it proved to be the perfect backdrop for a beautiful day of golf, tennis, and networking.
For the fourth consecutive year, the event was sold out for golf and tennis a month before the event. Madraigos was thrilled to be selected once again by Gilles Gade and the board of directors of Cross River Bank to be the sole beneficiary of this most successful outing. Madraigos owes a sincere debt of gratitude to Cross River Bank for its extreme generosity and genuine vote of confidence.
Madraigos also has profound thanks for those who generously participated in the outing. Major event sponsors include Harborview Capital Partners, Infinity Land Services, Omni Health, Wachtel Missry, Beechwood Capital Group, Sunspire Health, Riverside Abstract, Saxony Title, Madison Title, Greensky, and SBA Loan Group.
Guests began arriving well before 9 a.m., as many people were eager to use the grounds, tour the clubhouse, and enjoy the generous giveaways that Madraigos presented to each registered golfer and tennis player. The premium giveaway, the JBL Shadow Charge Speaker, sponsored by Infinity Land Services, was a huge hit with everyone. The golf umbrella, Hawke activewear, and Weatherproof jacket were huge hits as well. The participants were given a gym bag filled with a host of other sponsored items valued at well over $500. The players were delighted when they were also presented with a gift from Trump Golf Club: a gift certificate for the pro shop.
Vpar live golf scoring, a cutting-edge feature, enhanced the experience with action photos and live stats while ensuring accuracy in scoring throughout the day. Golfers enjoyed the handheld devices and seeing their foursome photos on the large TV leader boards in the clubhouse and at the barbecue.
After a delicious breakfast, as the foursomes began to prepare for a competitive day of golf, Bobby Bradley settled in at the second hole, ready to take on anyone who wished to challenge him in a long-drive contest. As the ReMax Long Drive Champion, Bradley gladly stepped up to the green to compete with those who wanted to take on the pro. Many tried, but none succeeded, as Bradley beat many highly talented golfers. It proved to be quite the excitement.
The barbecue lunch, sponsored by Sunspire Health, was under way outside as the shotgun start began on the spacious patio next to the putting green, halfway through the 18-hole course. The golfers drove their golf carts right up to the seating area and enjoyed the plentiful meats that were grilled to perfection. The aroma was enticing, and the cold drinks and icy refreshments hit the spot.
Although the golf and tennis spots were sold out, many individuals came to the golf course to enjoy the wonderful day and to be a part of this spectacular event. Over 100 people arrived solely for cocktails and dinner; elegant tables were set to accommodate the 250 people who had come together to show their support for Madraigos.
Food at the outing was expertly catered by Seasons of Westchester. The dinner, sponsored by Harborview Capital Partners, was plentiful and succulent, stepping it up another notch this year to feature gourmet lamb chops and Peking duck. At the short dinner program, golf awards were presented, trophies were accepted, and the raffles were drawn. Over $50,000 in donated gifts, including electronics, jewelry, trips, and premium sports tickets, were given away. Special prizes included an Andrew Lock custom suit, shirt, and tie, and a gift certificate for a foursomes at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester.
David Jasse of DMJ Photo & Video, who sponsored photography for the event, worked hard with his team to get great action shots and capture the magnificent scenery. With DMJ’s creativity and unique style, the outing video will definitely be a winner.
As the day came to a close, golfers, tennis players, and all the guests were already anticipating next year’s outing, with the confidence that it will once again be the most highly anticipated golf event of the season.
Rabbi Dov Silver, founder and executive vice president of Madraigos, was grateful. “We are so thankful to Gilles Gade and Cross River Bank, who understand and appreciate the need to help empower our youth and give them the skills they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Gilles Gade, president and CEO of Cross River Bank, was equally pleased with the event. “It is an honor for Cross River Bank to host this outing to benefit such a worthwhile organization as Madraigos. My business associates, colleagues, and friends were proud to support Madraigos while enjoying a fantastic day of golf, tennis, and business networking. It was a very rewarding experience.”
“This golf outing exceeded everyone’s expectations, and raised even more than we anticipated,” said Rabbi Josh Zern, executive director at Madraigos. “It is important now more than ever, as we look to balance our growing budget to accommodate the expanded list of services and programs that Madraigos offers. We appreciate the generous sponsors and the volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty, and everyone who came here today in support of Madraigos. We could not provide our lifesaving work were it not for each person here today. We are thankful to Gilles Gade and his board of directors at Cross River Bank for picking us once again to be the beneficiaries of their event.”
Funds raised at the event will assist Madraigos in providing valuable services to our community, including a 24-hour support line, community education, crisis intervention, case management, educational enhancement programs, the lounge, assessments and referrals, school-based services, Shabbatonim, a job-placement program, support groups, and yom tov retreats, including this year’s inspirational Rosh Hashanah program, which will take place at Hudson Valley Resort in the Catskills. For more information about Madraigos, please visit www.madraigos.org. v