Inaugural Craft Beer Open a Success

September 30th, 2021

The sun was shining as more than 70 golfers took to the greens at Crestmont Country Club for the inaugural Craft Beer Open on Monday, September 27. The day featured 18 holes of golf with on-course tastings of craft beer, spiked drinks, and hand-rolled cigars. The event capped off with a cocktail awards reception, complete with delicious food, wine, and spirits tastings. A silent auction included foursomes at fantastic courses throughout New Jersey, as well as other prizes. We are so grateful to everyone who was a part of the day, including the golfers, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers.

The reception included a presentation of The Arc’s 2021 Community Partner Award, which was given to the New Jersey State Golf Association Youth Foundation. The Arc’s CEO, Linda Lucas, presented the award to Eric Houseknecht of the NJSGA Youth Foundation, and thanked the Foundation for providing a three-year grant to support The Arc in developing a comprehensive adaptive sports program at Camp Hope.

Prizes for the tournament, including the top three teams, the longest drive, closest to the pin, and closest to the line, were all presented during the reception as well.

The day would not have been possible without our sponsors: PSEG; Primepoint; Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP; William H. Connolly & Co., LLC; In Memory of Susan Wright; Matt and Paige Guest; Station MD; Franchino Delargy LLC; City Fire Equipment; Benefit Management Solutions; Eastern Janitorial; Howie’s Spiked; and Alphabet Health.

We also thank our tasting partners: Allagash Brewing Co.; Troegs Brewing Co.; Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Sixpoint; Sparkling Ice Spiked; Howie’s Spiked Beverages; Organic Vintages; Jersey Spirits Distilling Co.; and Suero Cigar Services.

And our event committee pulled everything together under the leadership of chairman Michael Franchino: Corny Durkin, William Frese, Bradford Huntington, Frank O'Brien, Eileen Stuart, Meredith Whitaker, and Richard Wright.

It was a beautiful day, made even better by the generosity of our supporters.