The Brookdale Community College Foundation held its 34th annual Education Open Golf Tournament on September 19, raising nearly $52,000 for the “Building Minds, Building Futures” scholarship fund.
A host of sponsors, golfers, auction donors and volunteers came together in support of the fund, which will now be able to provide over $325,000 in scholarships to nearly 450 Brookdale students this year.
“The scholarships are vital to students, particularly middle class students who don’t receive federal or state grants to help offset the cost of college,” said Tim Zeiss, executive director of the foundation and the Brookdale Community College Alumni Affairs Association.
“Many of these students work full-time to pay for their education, making it difficult to juggle jobs and school simultaneously. The scholarships allow them more time to concentrate on their studies and complete their degree.”
Ten previous scholarship recipients even returned the favor to the foundation by volunteering to help out at the golf outing, which was held at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale.
As in years past, the outing drew a wide range of support, including 25 foursomes of golfers, 24 major sponsors and 40 tee or green sponsors.
“The ‘Ed Open’ has gained a reputation as one of the best charity outings around because of the way it is run, and because people recognize that the proceeds help students achieve their dream of earning a college degree,” Zeiss said.
The Foundation’s 35th Annual Education Open Golf Outing will be held on Thursday, September 18, at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale. More information is available here.