Education Open Golf Outing

Education Open September 2019 Honorees
Tina Munson Education Open Committee Co-Chair, Honorees John O’Malley and Dave Kinsel of Avon Pond, Tim Zeiss, Executive Director, Foundation & Alumni Affairs, Brookdale Community College

The Brookdale Community College Foundation hosted its 40th Annual Education Open Golf Outing on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale, NJ. The outing sold out and netted $73,000 for the “Invest in Student Success” Scholarship fund.

Following an afternoon on the fairways and greens, golfers and guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres followed by a gourmet awards dinner. The Awards Dinner Honorees were John O’Malley and Dave Kinsel, founders of Avon Pond. Avon Pond serves the Shore area and surrounding communities by providing ice skating, pond hockey and numerous charitable and other events throughout the winter season. In addition, the Avon Pond sponsors annual events such as the Shore Conference Senior Showcase.  O’Malley received the ‘Emile Francis Award’ from the New York Rangers for 2015-2016 for his longstanding commitment to youth hockey.

Golfers had ample chances to win individual and team prizes including two hole-in-one contests to win a lease on a new Infiniti donated by Circle Infiniti in West Long Branch and a two-year lease on a Cadillac donated by Gold Coast Cadillac of Oakhurst. The event also featured a “Helicopter Ball Drop” raffle with the winner taking home $2,000.

The evening also featured awards presentations for individuals and teams, including special prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive, as well as blind skins games, a 50/50 cash raffle, silent and live auctions and much more. The Bongiorno & Associates foursome won the Corporate Cup competition with a low gross score of 15 under par.

The event proceeds benefit the foundation’s “Invest in Student Success” scholarship fund, which provided more than $800,000 in scholarships and grants to support student success during the 2018-19 school year.

“Thank you to the golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers for making this year’s outing a tremendous success,” said Timothy Zeiss, executive director of the Foundation. “The scholarships are awarded to primarily working-class students who don’t qualify for federal or state aid but still have a financial need. 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.”

The date for the 41st Annual Education Open is September 24, 2020. For more information on the Education Open, contact Tani Ortore at 732-224-2260 or via email at

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