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Community Raises $50,000 to Benefit Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore

2020 Girl Scout Golf Classic
Girls Scouts CEO Eileen Higgins (center) thanks Golf Classic co-chairs (L to R) Nina Anuario and Victoria Magliacane for their leadership.

Charity Golf Event Proceeds Will Support Membership & Leadership Opportunities to Empower Area Girls to Achieve Their Potential

In a great show of support during this challenging COVID-19 health crisis, the community came together on Oct. 6 to raise over $50,000 that will enable more young girls to thrive with Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.

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More than 80 golfers and supporters gathered at Rumson Country Club for the annual Girl Scout Golf Classic charity event, presented by Investors Bank and OceanFirst Bank. Originally scheduled for June, the golf tournament was postponed due to the pandemic. But with safety measures in place, golfers enjoyed a round of golf, followed by an open-air dinner reception to raise support for the area’s largest nonprofit organization devoted to girls.

Forty local businesses and individuals also supported the event as sponsors, reflecting the “caring spirit” of the local community, said Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore CEO Eileen Higgins.

“It’s been a difficult year for Girl Scouts and our entire community,” Higgins said. “We couldn’t be more thankful for the generosity of our sponsors and golfers. Their support will make it possible for more girls from all backgrounds to develop lifelong leadership skills through Girl Scouting.”

Higgins noted that proceeds from the Golf Classic will fund membership fees for girls whose families may be experiencing financial difficulties. Support will also underwrite development of new virtual and in-person leadership programs and activities to keep nearly 10,000 girls connected in the pandemic.

“Now more than ever, Girl Scouts need time together in safe environments to strengthen their overall well-being and be supported in achieving their leadership goals,” Higgins said.

Serving as event co-chairs were Nina Anuario, senior vice president at OceanFirst Bank and first vice chairperson of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Board of Directors, and Victoria Magliacane, senior vice president at Investors Bank.