On Monday, August 21, Cross River Bank held its eighth 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.
Madraigos was thrilled to be selected once again by Cross River and its board of directors to be the sole beneficiary of this most successful outing. Madraigos owes a sincere debt of gratitude to Cross River Bank for their extreme generosity and genuine vote of confidence.
Madraigos also has profound gratitude to all those who very generously participated in the outing. Major event sponsors included Harborview Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, Davis Polk, Affirm, Marlette Funding, Infinity Land Services, Beechwood, Symphony, Grand Healthcare, GreenSky, Exigent, Freedom Financial, Gourmet Glatt, Sunlight Financial, Triplenet, Hunton & Williams, Vantage Point, MasterCard, TransUnion, Republic Valuations, Singer Environmental, and Weatherproof Garment Company, to name a few.
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 Cross River presented to each registered golfer and tennis player. The premium giveaway, sponsored by Cross River and Infinity Land Services, was the Amazon Echo Show which was extremely well-received by all participants. The golf umbrella was sponsored by Goldman Sachs and the jacket by Weatherproof Garment Company, both huge hits as well. The participants were also given a gym bag filled with items valued at well over $750, including a gift certificate for the Trump National Golf Club Pro Shop.
Hunton & Williams sponsored the VPAR live golf scoring, a cutting-edge feature which enhanced the experience throughout the day with action photos and live stats while ensuring accuracy in scoring. Golfers enjoyed the handheld devices and seeing their foursome photos on the large TV leader boards in the clubhouse and at the barbecue.
Following a lavish breakfast sponsored by Wachtel Missry, the 36 foursomes began to prepare for a competitive day of golf. Many of the event participants expressed their enthusiasm for the scenic golf course, with its world-class manicured greens, and were pleased to come out in support of such a vital cause for the community. “This is the best golf tournament in the New York metro area. We are happy to support Madraigos, especially for all they do for our youth,” said Mr. Robbie Satran, an event sponsor.
Justin Goldberg, principal at Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Navarino Capital Management, added, “Cross River Bank definitely plans and executes the best event of the summer. It’s a testament to the incredible work that Rabbi Silver and Madraigos do. All around a lovely experience!”
Mr. Adam Goller, executive VP of Cross River Bank, remarked, “The 2017 outing was truly remarkable in that it provided an amazing experience to those who attended, while also promoting and supporting such a worthy cause. The client feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. While full in prior years, tennis this year was oversold and is now another attraction to this one-of-a-kind outing.”
The barbecue lunch, sponsored by Exigent and GreenSky, was already being served as the golfers began their play on the 18-hole course. The participants were treated to lamb chops, cold drinks and icy refreshments, and a misting tent and massage station provided by Zeel.
Many guests came to the golf course throughout the day to enjoy the scenery and festivities and to be a part of this spectacular event. Over 150 additional people joined for cocktails and dinner, where elegant tables were set to accommodate the 300 people who had come together to network with the industry’s finest and to show their support for Madraigos. The wine-tasting was provided by Mark Glicksman of Atlantic Beach Wines.
This year’s event was highlighted by the solar eclipse as golfers and tennis players, equipped with special glasses, stopped their activities for a brief moment to admire the exceptional natural phenomenon.
Food at the outing was provided by Richter Catering, who worked tirelessly to prepare delicious, unique, and eye-catching dishes. The dinner/cocktail was sponsored by Harborview Capital Partners.
During the short dinner program, golf and tennis awards and trophies were presented. Rabbi Josh Zern proceeded with the raffle drawing of dozens of prizes valued in excess of $50,000 in donated gifts.
Special raffle prizes included Bugaboo Boxer luggage, U.S. Open tickets, golf vacations at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, Florida, a five-day stay at the oceanfront Casa de Campo Resort in beautiful southeastern Dominican Republic, an Andrew Lock custom suit, a London Jewelers gift certificate, and a gift certificate for a foursome at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester. However, a grand-raffle drawing for two tickets to Hamilton on Broadway attracted the most attention and excitement.
Madraigos expresses its appreciation to Bentsion Janashvili of Graphic IQ for his outstanding work and expertise in marketing and graphic design of the elegant brochures, printing materials, and web services.
Kenneth Brown of Photographic Excellence immortalized the day with great action shots which also captured the magnificent scenery.
Rabbi Dov Silver, founder and executive VP of Madraigos, said, “We are grateful beyond words to Cross River Bank and its board of directors for the tremendous, constant flow of generosity and commitment, enabling Madraigos to serve the community of people that need our resources and services.”
Rabbi Josh Zern was presented with a special award by Rabbi Dov Silver and Mr. Ephraim Kutner, chairman of the board of Madraigos, as a token of the organization’s appreciation for seven years of excellent service as Madraigos’s executive director. The guests bid him a warm farewell as he engages in a new career.
Rabbi Silver concluded the program by welcoming Mrs. Rivka Lock as director of development and wished her a long and successful career at Madraigos.
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, assessments and referrals, school-based services, educational enhancement program, the Lounge, GNO, Shabbatons, 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.