On June 11, the Jewish Alliance’s 33rd annual Dwares JCC Golf Classic took place at the Warwick Country Club. The event was sponsored by nearly 40 local businesses and individuals, with Bonnie and Donald Dwares as the Double Eagle Sponsor. Chaired by Jeanie and Wayne Charness, the event raised approximately $70,000. The money will support the Dwares Jewish Community Center in Providence, a central hub for educational, wellness, cultural and engagement programming for the local Jewish community. The funds will go a long way toward providing scholarships for children to attend the David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center (ECC) and J-Camp, as well as paying for initiatives such as PJ Library, Eides Family J-Space Afterschool Program and social programs for seniors.
Jamie Pious, philanthropy co-chair at the Alliance, asked participants to donate to support camp scholarships to ensure that more children can attend camp despite their families’ socio-economic backgrounds.
Wayne Charness shared his connection to Jewish camps, one that started with his parents’ meeting at a Jewish camp in Maine.
Adam Greenman, president and CEO of the Jewish Alliance, spoke about his daughter’s exceptional first summer at the Dwares JCC Summer J-Camp, and Seth Finkle, director of J-Camp and Teen Programming coordinator, gave an overview of the camp. Finkle emphasized the important role that camp plays for the youngest members of the community. He said, “Emotional maturity has declined, and there are fewer opportunities for positive risks and personal growth. Generation Z [those born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s] also faces the worst mental health crisis in decades, with rates of teen depression and suicide skyrocketing since 2011. Summer camp provides the essential tools and remedy to combat this.”
Despite the wind picking up throughout the day, golfers enjoyed the spectacular golf course and participated in contests, such as the Straightest Drive and Hit the Green. After the foursomes completed their rounds, participants met for cocktails and dinner. The day’s success was an inspiring way to conclude the Jewish Alliance’s 2018 campaign year.
The results of the day were announced during dinner:
David Katzen, Norman Gordon, Richard Gold and Scott Todder
1st Net Men
Jamie and Daniel Pious, Michael Evans and Matt Plosker
2nd Net Men
Bob Greenbaum, Todd Goldenberg, Rick Granoff and Anthony Landi
3rd Net Men
Rob Sherwin, Ted Hague, Steve Wolf and David Goldstein
1st Net Mix
Mark and Cindy Feinstein and Bob and Cathy Oresman
2nd Net Mixed
Mindy Wachtenheim, Lois Robbin, Samantha Goldberg and Robbie Lasser
Closest to the Pin Men
Closest to the Pin Ladies
Hit the Green