Golf outing raises $10,500 for middle school’s pre-engineering program

Photo by Sheryl Silberberg/Special to The Robbinsville Sun From left: Frank Giordano, Robbinsville head football coach Irving Fryar, Tom Gibson and Pete Aquilino with the winner’s REF Cup trophy at the Investors Bank Golf Classic May 21, a fundraiser for school programs.  Giordano, Gibson, Aquilino and Chris Mollis (not shown) were the tournament’s winning foursome.

Photo by Sheryl Silberberg/Special to The  Sun
From left: Frank Giordano, Robbinsville head football coach Irving Fryar, Tom Gibson and Pete Aquilino with the winner’s REF Cup trophy at the Investors Bank Golf Classic May 21, a fundraiser for school programs. Giordano, Gibson, Aquilino and Chris Mollis (not shown) were the tournament’s winning foursome.

More than 75 golfers took part in the recent Investors Bank Golf Classic at the Mercer Oaks Country Club in an event that raised over $10,500 for the new pre-engineering program at Pond Road Middle School.

The Robbinsville Education Foundation (REF) has been sponsoring the popular golf outing since 2004 to raise funds for school initiatives that are outside of the regular school budget, but this year’s event had, for the first time, a corporate sponsor and a new name. Guests included state Sen. Linda Greenstein, Investors Bank Vice President Erik Larksen, Schools Superintendent Steven Mayer and Robbinsville High School’s new football coach and retired NFL wide receiver Irving Fryar.

Fryar awarded the REF Cup to the first-place foursome of Frank Giordano, Tom Gibson, Pete Aquilino and Chris Mollis.  Prizes were also given to the second-place foursome (Dennis Moir, Tim Sullivan, Todd Dromboski and Mark Brunetto); and to the individual golfers who had the longest drive (Kevin Billings) and came closest to the pin (Brunetto).

Larsen picked the winning raffle tickets for a wide variety of door prizes, including autographed sports memorabilia and gift certificates for restaurants, hotels and sports equipment.

The proceeds of the golf outing will help fully fund the PRMS Project Lead the Way science and pre-engineering classes, a feeder program for the higher level technology courses that are offered at the high school. Project Lead the Way’s primary mission is to spark student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Between 2004-2009, the REF raised $76,722 to launch Project Lead the Way at Robbinsville High School. The REF has now made a $61,000 three-year commitment for pre-engineering classes at the middle school in order to provide a seamless transition for grades 6-12.

Photo by Sheryl Silberberg/Special to The Robbinsville Sun The second-place foursome in the Investors Bank Golf Classic (from left): Dennis Moir, Tim Sullivan, Todd Dromboski and Mark Brunetto.

Photo by Sheryl Silberberg/Special to The Sun
The second-place foursome in the Investors Bank Golf Classic (from left): Dennis Moir, Tim Sullivan, Todd Dromboski and Mark Brunetto.

“Project Lead the Way is an important initiative designed to sharpen kids’ minds and provide access to innovative, hands-on science projects,” Mayer said. “The district appreciates that the foundation is directing proceeds from this event to the program, which feeds into an established program at the high school.”

In addition to Investors Bank, the tournament sponsor, the generosity of numerous other businesses helped make the golf outing possible. Major sponsors included Honeywell International; Spiezle Architectural Group; First Choice Bank; Sharbell Development Corp.; Triangle Copy East Windsor; BAPS Charities; Crown Trophy; Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo; DiFranco’s Pipes & Tobacco; Home Delivery America; Innovative Awards; Pioneer Athletics; the Robbinsville Ravens Red Zone Club; The Robbinsville Sun; Roselli Griegel Lozier & Lazzaro, PC; and Hill Wallack LLP.

 

 

 


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