Monday, June 6, 2022

Event: CASA for Children of Bergen County Holds Golf Classic with Tennis July 11, 2022 - Honors Attorney Gail Gordon of NJ - Supports Children in Foster Care

"Fore The Kids’ Golf Classic" will be held on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 9am at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale to benefit the non-profit organization Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  Advocates provide one-on-one advocacy and support for abused and neglected children from Bergen County who are in foster care. Golf/Tennis events that day include Pro Clinic lessons, Doubles matches, cocktail party reception, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, wine pull and more. The cost is $350 for an individual ticket and $1300 for a foursome. You can also purchase a special passport ticket for $75 which gets you participation in all on - course contests and five 50/50 raffles. One can also purchase dinner tickets for $150 which includes appetizers, buffet, drinks and dessert. All necessary COVID-19 safety procedures will be in place. 

This year's Golf Classic honors Gail Gordon, Esquire. Gail is being honored for her years of dedication and support to the organization as a member of the Advisory Board. Zonie LeSane, Bergen County CASA President, states, "Gail Gordon is one of New Jersey's treasures -- distinguished attorney, government & public affairs expert, she not only serves a full roster of blue-chip clients, but finds time to serve on 6 non -profit boards. We are all honored to have her serving for years on our Advisory Board, but even before then she was a dedicated supporter of CASA.  


Gail Gordon is well known as a commentator on politics on several television outlets, and has spoken on myriad panels including at Rutgers, Yale and University of Pittsburgh.  She has received awards from numerous organizations including Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey, NJBIA, and CIANJ -- and for the past 10 years has been  listed on NJ's "Power 100" list of the NJ Globe.  She is most proud of receiving the "Betty Pendler Award" for her service to people with disabilities. She and her husband, Senator (ret) Bob Gordon also ranked  as the #1 Power Couple in NJ -- according to NJ Insider.    For added color, Gail is featured in the HBO Documentary "The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti" which received an Emmy Nomination in 2020.


Gail states, "When you think about organizations that fulfill a true community need -- no one does it better than CASA, and the Bergen chapter truly distinguishes itself.  I look forward to getting more involved with CASA and could not be prouder to be honored by them."

Bergen CASA is grateful to its sponsors. Current sponsors already include: The Fidelis Group Inc, Columbia Bank, Bogota Savings Bank Charitable Foundation,Kundert Volvo Cars of Hasbrouck Heights, Rampert Agency. HiLB Group, Hampshire Real Estate and DMR Architects. Sponsorships are still available, starting at $2500. Please contact Kevin Whelan at kevinwhelan@bergencasa.org with any questions.  

 

Those unable to attend can still help abused and neglected children by donating to or bidding on our online silent auction. The auction will have many kinds of items and experiences, including jewelry, sports equipment, great themed baskets, electronics, trips and more. For details on the auction, prizes and the easy steps to register visit: www.bergencasa.org  

 

Zonie LeSane, President of Bergen CASA states, "We are also extremely proud to be holding this golf event to help support the work of our advocates. We have had a tough year as the pandemic presented unique challenges to children in foster care as well as our organization. I am happy to say that our advocates served every child removed from their parents during the pandemic. In all of 2020, 115 Advocates donated over 6800 hours of their time on behalf of 139 children and 95% of our recommendations to the family court were accepted. We do great work, and we are grateful for any support that comes our way. Even if you don't golf, please come to our dinner or bid online for our silent auction items. Bidding is easy to set up and fun!"

 


Lucy Rosen, Executive Director, states, "Bergen County CASA is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children in the foster system. CASA volunteers are committed to changing children’s stories so that any child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe and have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. As part of a CASA’s work to secure the services and assistance these vulnerable children need, we train and supervise volunteers who are called to advocate for their best interests. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CASA or donating to this valuable cause, please visit www.bergencasa.org  Most of our training is now done remotely."

  

Bergen County CASA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located at: One Bergen County Plaza, Suite 334, Hackensack, NJ 07601.