Foundation Scores Ace, At 19th HRMC Golf Classic

HACKETTSTOWN (June 20, 2005) - The Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Foundations Golf Classic is always a winner in more ways than one. This years event, the 19th annual, did not disappoint. The 2005 Golf Classic netted over $90,000, boosting the past five-year total earnings from the event to nearly $400,000.

            There were plenty of winning formulas at Panther Valley Golf & Country Club at the outing as Elise Holck and Dan DeSande each sank holes-in-one to win cars. Holck, who owns Callico Country Flowers in Hackettstown, won a Dodge Neon by acing the 118-yard 10th hole. She used a 6-iron. Her shot was witnessed by the members of her foursome: Bill McClure, Claudia Conway and Dr. Irvin Bonder. DeSande, a respiratory therapist at HRMC, made his hole-in-one on the 163-yard second hole and earned himself a Saturn Vue. He, too, used a 6-iron. Ryan Thelin, Dr. Ken Janowski and Dr. James Matteson played with DeSande that day.

            I was just trying to make sure that I got on the green, said a shocked, yet happy Holck, who has never owned a new car before this.

            The hole-in-one was the second for DeSande, but his first for a car. About 10 years ago DeSande hit an ace at High Point Country Club in Sussex County.

            Masterfoods USA, makers of M&Ms Chocolate Candies, was the presenting sponsor of the Golf Classic. The Masterfoods USA team finished in second place, behind Adventist HealthCare. The winning team, victors for the second straight year, included Ken DeStefano, Mike Kevil, Gene Milton and Norm Worth. Monte Brooks, Bill Downs, Wolfgang Gstattenbauer and Steve Pinto played for Masterfoods USA. Taking third was the team from The Inn at Panther Valley: Kevin Estall, Andy Jorgenson, Warren Schultheis and Washburn Wright.

            It was a day filled with exciting moments, said an elated Michael Selvaggi, chairman of the Golf Classic. The 2005 Golf Classic will be remembered both for its outstanding fundraising efforts and the additional highlight tape thrills.

            This years proceeds are earmarked for the new Joan Knechel Cancer Center at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. 

            Money raised from the Annual Golf Classic and other Foundation functions has been used for new medical equipment, renovations and expansion projects at the hospital. The Joan Knechel Cancer Center is part of the hospitals current expansion program.  

            Titanium sponsors for the event included Adventist HealthCare; Binsky & Snyder, LLC; Courter, Kobert & Cohen, P.C.; MCI Electric Company, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; and Valley National Bank. Platinum sponsors were Sodexho Health Care Services; Air Con, Inc.; Allan Briteway Electrical Contractors, Inc.; and Hackettstown Emergency Services.

            Gold level sponsors were Barr & Barr, Inc.; Besler Consulting; Bonland Industries, Inc.; Calderone & Somers, P.C.; Carson & Roberts Site Construction and Engineering; Cerner Corporation; Dukes Landscape Management, Inc.; Elastimold, a  Thomas & Betts company, Haitz Electric Company; Skylands Community Bank; The Inn at Panther Valley; City/Newark Glass Company; Unilever Cosmetics International; Hackettstown Regional Medical Center - Medical/Dental Staff; Johnson Controls, Inc.; S & R Steel Company; Speranza Brickwork, Inc.; TMP Worldwide; and Warren Hospital.

Lisa Dimiceli, Special Events Coordinator for the hospital stated, I want to thank all of our sponsors for their participation. In addition to all the sponsors, special thanks to Michael Selvaggi, chairman of the event for the fourth year now. His leadership has enabled us to achieve success with the Golf Classic year in and year out. Selvaggi, who was recently named the chairman of the HRMC Foundation, is a partner with the prestigious law firm of Courter, Kobert & Cohen, P.C. He has served as a member of the Golf Classic Committee for seven years. 

            For further information about the HRMC Foundation and how it can work for you, please call the Foundation office, (908) 850-6876.