Monday evening, June 24, the TOVA mentoring program knocked it out of the park with their first annual Home Run Derby competition in North Woodmere Park. With the weather cooperating beautifully, nearly 60 batters cheered on by hundreds of supporters took to the plate in an effort to be crowned home-run champion. Phil Goldfeder, Rockaway’s state assemblyman, threw out the first ball to TOVA’s program director, Yehuda Klinkowitz. Great food, fantastic prizes, and an atmosphere of enthusiasm marked this event as a truly memorable evening.
The Home Run Derby was a joint effort between the TOVA program and the Croton Softball League to build awareness of and raise funds for the valuable services that TOVA provides. TOVA has been a staple of the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community since 1997, providing mentors to our community’s youth to prevent at-risk and self-destructive behavior.
In addition to being a highly successful fund- and friend-raiser, the event served as a reminder that a great time with good friends who share community spirit and a generous heart can also make the difference for our youth and for our community.
Congratulations to Asher Ingbar, the Home Run King. In second place was Joe Eisenberg and in third place, Pinky Friedman. Hope they have a great time in Israel or at the ballgames. For more information or to support other TOVA initiatives, please contact Zezy Fuld, director of development, at 516-295-0550, ext. 102 or e‑mail firstname.lastname@example.org. v