The 5th Annual Garden State Unified Golf Classic (GSUGC) to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) was once again held at the prestigious Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, NJ on Monday, September 27, 2021.

The event featured 120 golfers including 2 Unified Golf Teams, with the support of over 50 companies.  This has become a premier golf event in South Jersey.  This year it raised over $130,000 which brings the 5-year total close to half a million dollars!

Matt Blank from Friedman, LLP served as the MC for the evening’s program.  Heather Andersen, President & CEO of SONJ thanked the event committee, led by Rob Curley of TD Bank, who shared the opportunity to participate with colleagues and friends. “Without the support of our dynamic committee, this event wouldn’t be possible.”

Matt Blank
Heather Andersen
Rob Curley

The event featured a raffle which offered gift baskets, electronics, home goods and more, as well as an online auction that featured sports memorabilia, golf opportunities and valuable gift baskets.

Following the plated dinner reception, awards were given out and the group had the privilege to hear from SONJ athlete, Christian Higgs, who spoke about how SONJ has impacted his life.

Christian Higgs was all smiles!

Proceeds from GSUGC will enable Special Olympics New Jersey to provide activities both in-person and virtual, so that athletes can stay in shape and stay connected. The organization is vital to thousands of families and their athletes who count on Special Olympics for social, physical and emotional support so, it’s imperative that we do everything we can to protect and provide care for people with intellectual disabilities, who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you to The SSG Executive Advisory Group of Raymond James & Associates for your generous support as Presenting Sponsor! Citizens Bank provided support at the Tournament level and eight companies or individuals generously participated as Eagle Sponsors, while nine companies were Birdie Sponsors. SONJ wants to give a big THANK YOU to all of the sponsors!

Mike Francisco, Casey Mann, and Alison Seger

Event Photos


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