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New Jersey Golf Foundation Donates $20,000 to RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund

New Jersey Golf Foundation Honors Healthcare Heroes - Donates

$20,000 To RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund

Photo Credit: RWJBarnabas Health

To celebrate and support Healthcare Heroes Battling on the frontlines, The New Jersey Golf Foundation Donated $20,000 to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Photo from (L to R) Glenn Miller, Chief Development Officer, Executive Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health; Amanda Dall, Nursing Patient Care Coordinator, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Chris Hunt, Executive Director, NJ Golf Foundation; Andreline Ayson, R.M., Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Dan Pasternak, PGA General Manager, Essex Fells CC & President, NJ Golf Foundation; Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Bedminster, N.J., September 23, 2020… As the global pandemic continues to impact communities across the country, the New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the New Jersey Section of the PGA of America, has donated $20,000 to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund - supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.

The donation comes on the heels of NJGF Golf Classic, where the Foundation annually presents the Chairman’s Award – the Foundation’s highest annual honor – recognizing an individual who works tirelessly behind the scenes to support programs and initiatives for youth, military and individuals with special needs. Due to COVID-19, the NJGF embraced the opportunity to pivot, and in lieu of honoring an individual, the Foundation chose to recognize the heroic efforts of Healthcare Heroes on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund was created to provide the necessary resources to help treat the most critical patients; ensures the safety of all caregivers, frontline workers and staff, and manages ongoing preparation to protect surrounding communities for any potential resurgence of the virus or other emergencies.

“This was our opportunity to applaud the selfless efforts of so many doctors, nurses, EMTs, patient reps, and all of the ‘Heroes’ who are committed to working tirelessly for the health and well-being of our communities,” said Dan Pasternak, President, New Jersey Golf Foundation & PGA General Manager, Essex Fells CC. “This year we say THANK YOU to the 35,000 employees across the RWJBarnabas Health system and recognize the TRUE heroes who continue to step up and inspire us all to help make a difference.”

Pasternak, the 2018 PGA of America Golf Professional of The Year, added, “With golf programming on pause, this donation reinforces our commitment to positively impacting lives in the surrounding communities, while serving as a complement to our previous contributions to The Salvation Army of New Jersey, First Responders Children’s Foundation and the Father English Community Center in Paterson.”

For more information on the New Jersey Golf Foundation, please visit and to support Healthcare Heroes through the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund, please visit

About The New Jersey Golf Foundation

Founded in 2004, the NJGF is the charitable arm of the New Jersey PGA Section. With a focus on three core pillars (youth, military, special needs), the NJGF is committed to impacting lives and communities through the game of golf. Led by PGA Professionals, the NJGF hosts a dynamic line-up of programming that provides access for individuals from all backgrounds to experience the game of golf. Signature programs include, Golf In Schools, which is run annually at more than 200 schools, impacting more than 110,000 boys and girls (K-8), PGA Junior League featuring more than 80 teams and 1,300 kids under the age of 13 throughout New Jersey, and PGA HOPE, the flagship military program that introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities. For more information, visit

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