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Team members of the NY Jets get ready to play some golf

Spirit of Hope Honoree John Currie and outing cochair Judith Schumacher-Tilton

Spirit of Hope Honoree Gerhard Sanchez and outing co-chair Stephen R. Tilton, Jr.

NY Jets head coach Todd Bowles

Celebrity sponsor David Harris and his wife Jiali

DAVID HARRIS GOLF INVITATIONAL Held in North Caldwell Annual Event Will Benefit the Give the Kids Hope Foundation and North Jersey Underprivileged Children


he Eighth Annual David Harris Golf Invitational to benefit underprivileged kids in New Jersey was held on May 15, at Greenbrook Country Club in N. Caldwell. David Harris of the NY Jets serves as the annual celebrity sponsor and the event attracts overwhelming participation by the entire NY Jets team franchise. This year, the team’s head coach, Todd Bowles was honored by the foundation as a 2017 Spirit of Hope award recipient for his support of the foundation and his willingness to help many children who are less fortunate believe that the world can be a better place. Over 40 NY Jets players and coaches attended the 2017 David Harris Golf Invitational Event, played golf and donated signed sports memorabilia for the auction. The 2017 benefit golf invitational will support needed funds to rejuvenate the outdoor recreation area and install a new fire pit at Camp Hope in West Milford, NJ where over 3,000 children will attend Summer Camp at no cost to them this summer. Additional funds will be appropriated in part for summer programs for disadvantaged youth at Turtle Back Zoo in Essex County. Other 2017 Spirit of Hope honorees were: John Currie, Passaic County Democratic Party Chairman and Gerhard Sanchez, Athletic Director for the Essex County Vocational and Technical Schools for their inspirational leadership in heading programs that have touched the lives of so many less fortunate children in New Jersey. Give the Kids Hope Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization, directly benefits underprivileged children in New Jersey. The foundation was started in 2010 by Stephen R. Tilton

Jr. and Judith Schumacher-Tilton of Schumacher Chevrolet Auto Group to provide less fortunate children the opportunity for recreational and educational activities that they might not otherwise have access to, including a chance to engage in wholesome activities like going to summer camp, swimming in a well-fed pool, playing outdoor sports, singing by a campfire, taking a nature walk or enjoying an educational trip to the zoo. David Harris has become the face of Give the Kids Hope Foundation, inspiring many less fortunate youngsters with his enthusiastic participation and recalling that his own upbringing led him to join the group, saying with a smile “we grew up with so much love, we never knew we were poor.” Give the Kids Hope Foundation President, Stephen R. Tilton Jr. commented “We are very thankful to our celebrity chairman David Harris, coach Todd Bowles and the entire team of New York Jets players, for their continued involvement and enthusiastic support of the foundation and to Essex County Executive, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and Passaic County Administrator, Anthony J. De Nova, III who have once again graciously volunteered to co-chair the event.” Participating corporate sponsors of the 2017 event include: Schumacher Chevrolet Auto Group, Lakeland Bank, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Investors Bank, Clifton Savings Bank, The Silver Foundation, Archer Attorneys at Law, Inserra ShopRite, Mountain Development,, Sportstars, Comcast Spotlight, Verizon FIOS, DirecTV, Spectrum and Altice Media.

For more information about Give the Kids Hope Foundation, visit: or call Allison Lastfogel Rooney at 973-256-1065


Suburban Essex

June 2017

Photos courtesy of Joe Sorrentino/JAS Photo

NY Jets team members came out to support the Give the Kids Hope Foundation