[Archived from June 5, 2009]
[by Brooke Perellis, JFCS Summer Intern]
A mid-afternoon downpour did not dampen the 2009 Republic Bank Golf Challenge, held June 15 at Chariot Run, the Golf Course of Horseshoe, IN. Many golfers and companies participated in the tournament and displayed their support for Jewish Family and Career Services and the Jewish Community Center.
“The golf course was in pristine condition and the golfers enjoyed themselves,” said Reed Weinberg, chair of the joint golf committee.
After the golfers completed about 11 holes, a severe thunderstorm moved through the area, so they moved to safety inside and enjoyed an early dinner, provided by Outback Steakhouse. When the weather conditions had improved, many golfers chose to return to the course, although the competition ended when the golfers were called inside. The prizes for the competition, including foursomes at The Cardinal Club, Chariot Run, and Standard Country Club, were then raffled.
Many local businesses and restaurants generously donated gift certificates, baskets and other items that were used in the silent auction.
“Due to the rain delay, golfers got a better look at our expanded silent auction,” said Robin Stratton, Jewish Community of Louisville vice president/JCC Chief Operating Officer. The auction sales showed a 35 percent increase over last year.
To help raise additional funds, many golfers purchased a fun packet, containing two tickets for mulligans and one ticket for a putting contest. Golfers also were given the option to pay and participate in An-Tee-Up, Texas Hold ’em Golf Style, and Fantasy Golf scratch-off cards. The winner of each game received $100.
The title sponsor, Republic Bank, also held a “Beat the Banker” competition on the second hole. For a bet of at least $5, golfers could attempt to put their drive on the par three hole closer to the pin than the Republic banker’s shot. Doing so doubled the golfer’s wager. Many golfers donated their winnings back to the agencies.
“We would like to thank Bernard and Jean Trager for their support as honorary chairs of the event. We would especially like to recognize Steve Trager for securing eight new sponsors this year,” said Judy Freundlich Tiell, JFCS executive director.
Republic Bank & Trust was the title sponsor. Ernst & Young was the front nine sponsor and US Voice and Data was the back nine sponsor.
Gold sponsors included Crowe Horwath LLP; Frost Brown Todd LLC; Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC; Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services; Kentucky Farm Bureau; Kindred Healthcare, Inc; Luckett & Farley + L & F Design Build; Norton Healthcare; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, and the lunch sponsor, Harrah’s Entertainment.
Contest sponsors were Altman Insurance Services; CRT Property Maintenance; Humana; Sam Swope Auto Group LLC, and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. Silver sponsors were Deming Malone Livesay Ostroff CPAs; Faulkner Real Estate; Papercone Corp., and Mutual of America.
Off the Tee Sponsors were Deloitte & Touche LLP; Duplicator Sales; Plaut & Associates PSC; Porcini’s Children Foundation; Schwartz Insurance Group; Dr. Elliott Rosengarten, and Mark Switow – UBS Financial Services.
Greenside Sponsors were A-M Electric Co., Inc.; Barbara and Greg Nefouse; Anixter; Anytime Waste Systems; BSG Financial; Gould’s Discount Medical; Linker Capital Management; Metropolitan Housing Coalition; The Nautilus Group; OVASCO; Oasis Solutions Group; Pay-Logic; Sterling G. Thompson Insurance; Steve and Jane Shapiro; Weber & Rose; Wells Fargo Insurance Services of Kentucky Inc.; Versatile Solutions, Inc, and Willis Klein Showrooms.
In-kind sponsors were Blue Grass Motorsport; Key Impact Sales & Systems; Louisville Water Company; Outback Steakhouse; Pepsi; Synergism Inc., and Ted Wirth Photography.
The 2009 Golf Challenge Committee included Chair Reed Weinberg, Bruce Blue, Jeff Calderon, Carolle Jones Clay, Seth Gladstein, Jay Klempner, Ariel Kronenberg, Ron Levine, Marvin O’Koon, Doug Roemer, Brian Segal, Steve Shapiro, Dan Streit, Meryl Weinberg, and Matt Weinberg.
Staff members who worked on the 2009 Golf Challenge were Dotty Battoe, Beverly Bromley, Kim Hales, Ron Peacock, Stephanie Reese, Robin Stratton, Judy Freundlich Tiell, Scott Thompson, Julie Tufts and Teresa Weber.