PARSIPPANY — The 26th Annual Delta Dental of New Jersey (DDNJ) Golf Classic raised nearly $50,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ), a nonprofit organization that provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This annual event has raised a total of more than $1 million for SONJ since 1990.
The Golf Classic was held at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg on May 20. Among the golfers in the tournament were three SONJ athletes, two SONJ coaches, and SONJ Board Member Tom Varga.
“Special Olympics of New Jersey is an exceptional organization with whom Delta Dental of New Jersey has enjoyed a decades-long relationship, making the Golf Classic not only a significant fundraising event but a truly bright spot each year,” said Dennis Wilson, president and CEO, DDNJ. “It is a privilege to play a role in enabling thousands of talented Special Olympians to participate in the individual and team sports they love.”
“We value the tremendous commitment and enthusiasm Delta Dental of New Jersey and its employees bring to our organization,” stated Heather Anderson, president and CEO, Special Olympics New Jersey. “Their longtime support through this golf outing, as well as their ongoing dedication to our athletes throughout the year, is remarkable.”
Funds were raised by sponsors, DDNJ’s management team, golfers, and raffles. Brown & Brown Benefit Advisors and the New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA) were lead sponsors.
About Special Olympics New Jersey
Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 25,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Visit www.sonj.org for more information.
About Delta Dental
Delta Dental of New Jersey Inc. is New Jersey’s leading dental benefits company, providing or administering coverage to more than 1.6 million people through contracts with groups in New Jersey and Connecticut. In Connecticut, Delta Dental Insurance Company writes dental coverage on an insured basis and Delta Dental of New Jersey administers self-funded dental benefit programs. For more information, visit www.deltadentalnj.com.