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PHOTOS: SO Invitational Raises $60K for South Orange Rescue Squad

From the South Orange Invitational and South Orange Rescue Squad:

The weather cooperated Monday September 17, 2018 as more than 80 golfers teed off in support of the South Orange Rescue Squad at the second annual South Orange Invitational at the East Orange Golf course in Short Hills, NJ.

South Orange Village Trustee Deborah Davis Ford and Chairwoman of the Invitational announced last year that The South Orange Invitational would support the volunteer members of the South Orange Rescue in their quest to fund the purchase of a much-needed new ambulance.

The steering committee of Rescue Squad and community members worked many months to ensure that the attendees would have a great day while supporting a worthwhile cause. Funds were raised from across the community including Champion sponsorship from Investors Bank, Building Homes for Hero’s and Stone Mountain Properties.

The South Orange Rescue Squad is staffed by volunteer EMT’s and all ambulances, equipment, and supplies are maintained and funded solely by contributions from the community- no member is compensated for their work.  This dedicated team of volunteers contributes over 20,000 on-duty hours per year and responds to an average of 1,300- 1,400 calls each year!

The Tournament concluded with a celebratory dinner where Michael Doran won the 50/50 totaling $2,080.00. There were numerous auction items donated by the merchants across the area all of which helped raise the contributions to over $60,000. DCH Millburn Audi provided the ”Hole in One” prize with a lease on a 2018 Audio A4.

South Orange Village Trustee Deborah Davis Ford announced at the dinner that next year’s South Orange Invitational will benefit the JESPY House a nonprofit organization that enables adults with learning and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential and lead independent lives.

To donate to the South Orange Rescue Squad, visit or send a check to South Orange Rescue Squad, 62 Sloan Street, South Orange, NJ 07079.

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