Elant to Host Inaugural ‘Juniors Swinging for Seniors’ Golf Tournament in September

Teams of youth, seniors to compete to benefit senior organizations throughout Orange County

GOSHEN, N.Y. (July 30, 2012) – The Elant Foundation has announced it will hold its inaugural Juniors Swinging for Seniors golf tournament on Sunday, Sept. 30, sponsored by Med-World, an OmniCare company. The event, which will take place at Winding Hills Golf Club in Montgomery, will allow Orange County youth and seniors to compete to win prizes for not-for-profit senior organizations in the area.


Organizations to benefit from the tournament are: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County—Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP); Geriatric Mental Wellness Alliance in Orange County; Hometown Helpers—Seniors; Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc.; Jewish Family Service of Orange County—Friendly Visitors; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Senior Fund; Meals on Wheels of Newburgh; Mental Health Association of Orange County—Geriatric Program; Occupations, Inc.—Senior Program; The Salvation Army—Senior Programs; Senior Council—Senior Games; St. Anastasia’s Senior Outreach Program; Town of Montgomery Senior Independence Project; Town of Newburgh Friends of Seniors; Veterans’ Food Pantry; YMCA of Middletown—Senior Programs; South Orange Family YMCA—Senior Programs, and YMCA of Dutchess & Eastern Orange—Senior Programs.


Participating youth organizations are: Middletown Recreation Department; Boys & Girls Clubs Town of Wallkill, Pine Bush & Sullivan County; Warwick Community Bandwagon and YMCA of Dutchess & Eastern Orange.


Local businesses have the opportunity to sponsor a team made up of two seniors, 65 and older, and two juniors, ages seven to 14. Eighteen teams of four will participate on behalf of Elant and other not-for-profit senior organizations, which have been identified by the Orange County Office for the Aging. Each organization will be awarded at least one prize ranging from $100 to $1,000.


In preparation for the tournament, Elant is offering free golf clinics to seniors throughout the County. All sessions are open to the public and will take place on Aug. 10 and 24, and Sept. 21 at the Castle Driving Range in Chester from 9 to 10:30 a.m.


In addition, Orange County youth organizations have provided summer golf camps or clinics to children in underserved areas in order to prepare them to compete in September’s event.


“Elant is thrilled to host the inaugural Juniors Swinging for Seniors event,” said Melissa McCoy, Director of Corporate Initiatives at Elant. “We are honored to bring this fundraiser to the community and to have the opportunity to collaborate with so many non-profit organizations and businesses. This intergenerational tournament will not only benefit seniors, but will also give children in Orange County the chance to experience golf and its many benefits, while developing an understanding of philanthropy and community outreach.”


The day’s events will commence with team registration and a putting contest at 1:30 p.m., followed by a tee-off at 3 p.m. A social hour will be held at 5 p.m., and a cookout dinner and awards presentation will take place until 7 p.m.


Highlights will include junior celebrities, Rory and Declan McTigue, who share the role of Teddy Schroder on Boardwalk Empire. The boys will be judges of the event’s table centerpieces, and youth competitors at the event will have the chance to meet with Rory and Declan throughout the day. Throughout the nine-hole round of golf, a variety of on-course specialties will be offered to players to enhance the day’s activities.


Members of the 2012 Juniors Swinging For Seniors Committee are: Ann Marie Maglione, Carol Chichester, Bill Fioravanti, Alexis Eggleton, Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega, Natasha Vega, Marlene Stang, Cari Hallion, Trish Fisher, Brian Fitzpatrick, Melissa Webb, Robert McTigue, Julie Whitney, Lisa Kelly, Jennifer Riccardi and Melissa McCoy.


There are several opportunities to contribute to this year’s Juniors Swinging for Seniors tournament, including sponsorships that will be featured on the course, as well as at dinner and golfer gifts. To have your business sponsor a team, contact the Elant Foundation at 845-360-1410 or  mmccoy@elant.org