$122,348 was the magic number for this year’s edition of the Bulldog Classic, D-E’s annual special event whose net proceeds support our Student Financial Aid Fund. Presented by The Grace & Mercy Foundation, the 18th annual Classic took place on Monday, September 29, at the Alpine Country Club in Demarest.
New to the Bulldog Classic was an A.M. yoga class, which had 21 participants, in addition to the usual morning of tennis (16 players) and afternoon golf (80 golfers), followed by an evening of cocktails and dinner with a Live Auction – which itself raised $48,000! Auction items included an in-home visit from a Rao’s chef preparing dinner for ten; sports tickets with sideline passes for two; the opportunity for a child and friend to be Nickelodeon President for a day; 2015 VIP Graduation Seats; Ridgewood Country Club and Arcola Country Club golf packages; and a theater and backstage tour to Carole King’s “Beautiful.”
At dinner, guest financial aid speaker Sean Larry Stevens ’06 delivered a powerful message on how D-E ignited his passion for education, which began with a reluctant start at D-E (since he had to repeat his freshman year). He then persevered through a grueling four years at Cornell University, only to obtain his MA in Education at Georgetown University. He is now currently pursuing his PhD at Columbia University – all while becoming an author, founder of Democracy Prep Charter Middle School, and CEO/Founder of Formula 22, Inc. a non-profit mentorship program. After opening with one of his original poems featured in his first book, “UnSeen Thoughts,” Stevens ended his speech by thanking the attendees for their efforts in supporting financial aid at D-E: “I am honored to stand in front of some of the individuals who made it possible for me to get an excellent education that ALL children deserve. You are the world changers that continually invest in the minds of children, that contribute to a cause greater than yourselves, and that give access to the doorway of opportunity by providing the gift of education. Thank you for your generosity of spirit, and I hope that you continue to send students like myself to great schools and universities.”
Here are the winners from the daytime events, as well as the sponsors:
1st place – Mindy Goldstein
2nd place – Caralyn Fund
3rd place tie – Ken Fischer and Kyle LePack
1st Place Gross – Lisa Canino D’Alessandro ’83, Edward Jackowsky, Tony Copano, Adam Kaminsky
2nd Place Gross – Jaesup Choi, Kyong Hee Choi, Hank Meier, Yeong Shim
1st Place Net – Joe Loughlin, James Biwald, Craig Havens, Scott Rusak
2nd Place Net – Barry Zeller, Ron LoRusso ’92, Eric Witmondt, Rich Ehrlich
Closest to Pin
Men – Yeong Shim
Women – Emily Lynn ’08
Men – Scott Rusak
Women – Emily Linn ’08
Hole in One – 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Coupe donated by Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corp. and the Agresta Family
Hole in One – Five hours of flight time donated by Wheels Up and Gary Spitalnik ’86
The Grace & Mercy Foundation
Jody & H. Tony Berger
Barbara & Matthew Golub
Sharon & Dr. John Hajjar
Robyn Binstein Zeller ’82 & Barry Zeller
CLG Financial Corp.
Jennifer & John Law
Debbie & Hal Satnick
Cyma Zarghami ’80 & George Obergfoll
Welcome Gifts provided by The Grace & Mercy Foundation, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Nat Sherman Cigars and Merrill Lynch.
Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, The Grace & Mercy Foundation, for their continued support of this annual event. Special thanks to our ever-enthusiastic Bulldog Classic Co-Chairs Jennifer Law, Debbie Satnick and Barry Zeller (who also served as auctioneer), as well as Tennis co-chairs Monica Borg and Caralyn Fuld, plus Yoga chair Nila Festekjian. See you at the 2015 D-E Bulldog Golf and Tennis Classic!
For more information, contact Special Events Director Bea Movsesian at 201-569-9500, ext. 3404, or firstname.lastname@example.org.