September 28, 2022

Thanking All Who Supported PBC Links to Youth Golf Annual Fundraiser

To the Editor:

On Friday, September 16, Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) held its seventh annual Links to Youth Golf Outing at the Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg. This event drew 88 golfers and raised more than $82,500, which will support PBC’s award-winning Summer Bridge Program. Each year, Summer Bridge offers hundreds of students from Trenton, Newark, and Camden a high-quality summer enrichment experience focused on social emotional learning, literacy, and STEM completely free of charge.

At the dinner celebration following the outing, PBC presented the Ev Pinneo Award to Christina Bailey of Princeton. Established in 2018 as part of the 110th Anniversary of the Center, the Ev Pinneo Award is given to a volunteer or staff member who has gone above and beyond in their dedication and commitment to the mission of the Princeton-Blairstown Center, in much the same way that Ev has throughout his seven-decade association with PBC.

The winning foursome for the day, who scored an impressive 11 under par on the Fox Hollow course, included Don Seitz, Michael Seitz, Tom Heffernan, and Jon Heffernan.

This event supports the mission of the Princeton-Blairstown Center to serve young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. Developing these skills enables participants to engage in self-discovery and transform their communities to create a more just world. PBC strives for a future in which young people exhibit personal resilience and compassion, embrace expanded possibilities for their lives, and enact positive change within their communities and the world.

Thanks to our event sponsors: AMSkier Insurance; Mark Antin; Bank of America NJ Market; Bijou Salon, LLC; Blue Ridge Lumber Company; Bryn Mawr Trust; Peggy and Russell DaSilva; Tamara Simpkins Franklin; Pam Gregory and David Palladino; Hill Wallack LLP; Inside Edge Consulting Group, Inc.; Praveena Joseph-de Saram and Vijay Krishnamurthy; Yvette Saeko Lanneaux and Michael Nissan; Lasley Brahaney; Lear & Pannepacker, LLP; Joseph Leccese; Northfield Bank; NRG Energy; Payday; PBC Leadership Team; Penbrook Management LLC; Bruce Petersen; Everard Pinneo; Pinneo Construction; Suman Rao and Kaushik Arunagiri; Ajanta and Pulkit Shah; Pam and Derek Simpkins; Sarah Tantillo; and Robin and Christopher Van Buren.
We are also tremendously grateful to our Links to Youth co-chairs, Heather Reilly and Derek Simpkins, for their time, energy, and effort organizing and executing this successful event.

Claudia Franco Kelly
Board Chair, Princeton-Blairstown Center
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