Opportunity Project Tees off for the Annual Golf Classic!

May 13, 2022 by  
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Opportunity Project is getting ready for this year’s Annual Golf Classic. The event will be held on September 19, 2022 at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, NJ. Co-Chairs of the event are Marc E. Berson, Jacob S. Buurma, The Sal Davino Family, Chris Johnson, Murray Kushner, Jared Levine, Matthew B. McDonald III, MD, Jonathan Sobel and Eileen Sudler.

The Golf Classic is an all-outdoor event featuring a golf scramble, multiple on-course contests such as taking mulligan shots, Beat the Pro and a chance to win two hole-in-one cars. There will be plenty of specialty food and spirits including a Lobster Roll and Rosé Stand, an authentic Biergarten, spiked milkshakes, carnival snacks, taco and pizza trucks and more. Get ready for fun even if you are not golfing! Join us for this year’s new addition of Mah Jongg and Canasta games which includes brunch, fun and gifts for all players. Cocktails on the patio and a raffle featuring unique gift items will conclude the evening.

This year we celebrate our 28th anniversary of providing programs and services to people who have sustained a brain injury and their families, as well as providing local, regional and national awareness initiatives for communities, schools and corporations. Brain injury is a lifelong injury. Unfortunately, it remains the leading cause of death and disability in America’s children and adults ages 1 to 44. Prevention is the only cure.

5.3 million people in the U.S. live with long-term disabilities as a result of brain injury. The Opportunity Project Clubhouse is and always has been a pioneer in the brain injury field offering stellar programs and services, a universally accessible state-of-the-art facility and highly dedicated and qualified staff. We provide survivors of brain injury with opportunities to build cognitive skills, vocational skills, self-esteem and confidence in their ability to accomplish productive activities and to lead fulfilling lives. Post-pandemic our mission remains stronger than ever, having seamlessly transitioned the Clubhouse programs and services into a successful, fully functioning in-person and remote hybrid model with expanded evening and weekend sessions offering more flexibility and maximum support.

The emotional and physical challenges after brain injury make it difficult for survivors to reintegrate into daily life. Research suggests that nonverbal therapy helps people work through trauma and build resilience. We incorporate creative methods of artistic expression throughout the Clubhouse programs including occupational and cognitive therapy to help survivors of brain injury improve skills for daily living and to restore their sense of self. We have found that art heals. Members are empowered employing healthy outlets for self-expression such as art – which research indicates helps improve mood, problem-solving skills, focus and coordination. Several Members have even secured employment at art institutions, while others are accomplished artists and display their works at prominent venues. Our Members’ art will be on display at this year’s Classic!

Opportunity Project has grown from a 1 day a week program in 1994 with 15-20 to an expanded 6-day week program in our own beautiful Clubhouse, serving over 630 Members and their families. We turn no one away, yet we receive little public funding.

Your support will enable OP to continue its work on behalf of individuals with brain injury.

For more information please email golfclassic@opportunityproject.org or call Kerri Levine at 973.467.4300 x3113.

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