By Brian M. Adler, JCC Fundraising Director / JCC Assistant Director
Each year, I have the pleasure of coordinating the JCC Pro-Am. For the past several years, we’ve been holding our Pro-Am at Galloway National Golf Club, a truly beautiful and challenging course with ocean breezes, as it offers stunning views of the bay marshes and the Atlantic City skyline.
The Pro-Am is an important event on the JCC’s special events calendar because the proceeds provide critical financial assistance to campers at the JCC Camps at Medford. These funds afford a memorable summer experience for all, including our Open Hearts / Open Doors Special Needs Inclusion Program. Close to 31% of JCC campers receive some financial aid each year and approximately 60% of last year’s financial aid requests were from single parent families who receive little or no child support. Funds also benefited families of divorce, with severe financial hardships, with children who have disabilities and immigrant families.
In addition to raising vital funds for children, the Pro-Am also presents a deserving individual or group with the Roger Davis Memorial Community Service Award. The Pro-Am committee presents this prestigious award to those who exemplify the utmost commitment to their community and this year’s honorees, Laura and Jeff Gottlieb, are beyond worthy of the honor.
Jeff has been a JCC Board Member for 13 years who has also served as a Vice President and served as JCC President from 2015-2018. He’s chaired many JCC committees, including the JCC Camps at Medford Committee, the Woodcrest Country Club Pro-Am, several of the JCC’s major fundraisers, and serves on the Nominating Committee. He has received the JCC’s Alan Klein Next Generation New Leaders Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the Katz JCC and to the community at large.
Jeff has served on the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey’s Board of Directors since 2008, currently serves on the Federation Executive Committee, served as a vice president, was on the Finance, Funds Development and Budget and Allocations Committees, and with Laura, has co-chaired the Major Gifts Dinner. He is also a recipient of the Jewish Federation’s Shellie Greenspun Young Leadership Award. Jeff is the CEO of ResinTech, Inc. and its family of companies serving the water treatment industries.
Laura is also a devoted volunteer and lay leader to the Katz JCC and the community. She currently participates on several JCC committees for Fitness, the Big Event, Pro-Am and most notably, was a co-chair of the Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books and Culture in 2016 and 2017. Laura is also an active volunteer with the Jewish Community Relations Council’s BookMates program and currently chairs their Steering Committee. She has also served on the JFCS Special Needs and Senior Services Committees and is a member of the Lions of Judah.