Haddonfield Educational Trust Golf & Tennis Fundraiser Overcomes the Elements

2017 Archived Article

by Joe Serico

The 108 golfers had warmed up on the practice range, received final instructions from tournament co-chair Jack Tarditi then drove their carts onto the pristine Tavistock fairways under lovely blue skies. Some four hours and fourteen holes later our intrepid hackers were called in from the course. While the thunder and heavy downpour may have dampened the golfers’ spirits, they returned to the clubhouse to find that co-chair Chrissy Del Duca had anticipated the worst, planned ahead, and that the barbecue was ready to go indoors. The tennis portion of the event, held at the Haddon Field Club, was able to finish the event before the storms started.

Chrissy commented that, “There is always a lot of details to attend to as the day unfolds and this year the weather created some anxious moments for all of us. We are so pleased that the golf, the Field Club tennis tournament and family barbecue, all had a successful conclusion.” At the awards ceremony, Co-chair Tarditi thanked Chrissy and commended her for her organization and attention to detail.   

 One minor disappointment, due to the inclement weather, was the long, anticipated helicopter golf ball drop.  The golf ball drop was arranged with the help of one of the HET Tournament’s principal sponsor, Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Dan Smith, HMHS alum, and Regional Vice President of Tito’s worked closely with the golf committee to arrange the details.  Tito’s helped organize a pre-tournament fundraiser and matched our fundraising efforts on the ball drop while helping promote the event. When the stormy evening prevented the helicopter from flying, Chrissy and fellow committee member, Joe Evangelisti got creative and initiated a golf ball roll across the practice putting green. Mike Kulzer’s golf ball #68 disappeared into the cup and he was awarded some $1400.00.

The day was a great success on every front: good golf, good tennis, good food, good company, and much success with fundraising.  A significant portion of the money raised at the HET Tournament has been designated to support the construction of a new children’s playground at Tatem School. Chrissy Del Duca observed that, “The entire committee was impressed with and appreciative of the support received from Tatem families and the participation by members of the Haddon Field Club in their efforts to support the HET and the Tatem Playground Project.”

 While the final tally is not in, the HET expects that this year’s tournament will be among its most successful fundraising efforts in support of the Haddonfield Public Schools. Critically important to the success of the tournament was the role played by all our sponsors.  The HET is extremely grateful to the following for their role as Platinum Sponsors:  Becica Associates, Brown and Brown, and Tito’s Homemade Vodka.  We are also grateful to our Gold Sponsors:  Capehart and Scatchard, the Evangelisti Companies, and the Yale School.   There was a strong alumni presence among these sponsors.  Dan Smith of Tito’s Homemade Vodka is class of 97’. Jack McDermott of Brown and Brown is class of 1981, Joe Betley of Capehart and Scatchard is class of 1976, and the father of Steve Becica of Becica Associates was a 1948 graduate of the high school. “The sponsorship support that the tournament gets from the community and our alumni makes it possible to have a very successful financial result,” noted co-chair Tarditi.

The Haddonfield Educational Trust is highly appreciative of all those who served as sponsors, participated as golfers, or supported the event by attending the family barbecue. Thanks for helping us make a difference on behalf of the students of the Haddonfield Public Schools.

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