The 29th Annual North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. & Crest Cadillac Infiniti/Erwin Waldman Memorial Golf Tournament was held Monday, June 6, at Coyote Ridge Golf Club.
For almost 30 years, the Jewish Community Center of Dallas has marked the beginning of summer by hosting the Erwin Waldman Memorial Golf Tournament. This year, the skies were blue, the sun was out and the golfers were ready to enjoy the day, truly playing for the kids.
The tournament is more than a day to enjoy golf. The 138 golfers who participated played for the opportunity to do something special for children and families, many of whom are less privileged. Through sponsorships and raffle proceeds the funds support scholarships for children to attend camp.
Each year the J receives more and more requests from families for scholarship assistance to attend camp and preschool. This year the tournament hit a new record, raising more than $164,000 for the Joanie I. Weinstein Camp and Elaine Schrager Preschool Scholarship Funds at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.
The hard work of Golf Co-Chairs Clay Aaron, Scott Cohen and Neil Goldberg made the day a success. The late Erwin Waldman was a tremendous leader who impacted the community with his passion and commitment to providing programs and services to meet the needs of many.
Scott Cohen, Erwin Waldman’s grandson and co-chair of the tournament for the past nine years, remarked, “We are amazed at the success that we have had over the past 29 years. My grandfather was very passionate that all children should be given the opportunity to attend a summer day camp. We had another record year with regard to fundraising, sponsorships and players. Papa Waldman would have been very proud!
“I want to give special thanks to our title sponsors, North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. and Crest Cadillac Infiniti, who have partnered with us the past 10 years to ensure that our scholarship golf tournament continues to succeed.”
One of the most meaningful moments of the tournament was felt during the evening reception. Erwin’s son, Steve Waldman, spoke about his father and what the good work of the tournament would mean to him:
“It would have made Dad so proud to see longtime friends as well as new faces supporting this very important fundraising event. Providing scholarships enabling young people to enjoy camp at the J was close to Erwin’s heart. He would have been humbled knowing such a special event honored his name.”
Co-Chair Clay Aaron said, “Our sponsors enjoy coming to our tournament every year, because it is the only charity golf tournament in town that finishes in four hours. We couldn’t accomplish this without the help of our volunteers. I would like to especially thank our volunteer Chairs Rachel Kramer and Ellen Ungerman and the army of people that braved the heat to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.”
The tournament featured both morning and afternoon tee times; breakfast, lunch and an evening cocktail reception all catered by Simcha Kosher Catering; and an awards ceremony. Prize presentations were made to the first-, second-, and third-place golf teams.
The raffle winner for the Mavericks/Stars American Airlines Center suite was Steve Ellington.
Along with the hard work of the co-chairs, none of this would be possible without the continued support of the tournament’s valued sponsors:
TITLE SPONSORS: Crest Cadillac Infiniti, North Dallas Bank & Trust Co.,
PLATINUM SPONSORS: MHC Kenworth, PACCAR,
GOLD SPONSORS: CD Wealth Management, Carol Gene & Howard S Cohen Foundation and Sylvia & Dr. Harvey Bloom Philanthropic Fund, Glazer’s, Lisa & Neil Goldberg and Family, Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC, Nicole & Justin Small, Cheri & Neal Small, Macey & Steve Davis, and Meredith & Scott Wallace, Waldman Bros, Walker Engineering Inc.,
SILVER SPONSORS: Angela Aaron Horowitz, Tracy, Clay, Reid & Davis Aaron, American Airlines Center, Coca Cola Refreshments, Convoy Servicing Company, Encore Wire Corporation, Healthcare Highways, Joe Funk Construction, Magnolia Pictures Documentaries, Med Couture Uniforms/Barry Rothschild, Okon Metals, Pioneer Wine Company, Rush Enterprises, Sante’ Ventures, Stevens Transport, The Retail Connection/Steve & Lisa Lieberman and Alan & Ruthie Shor, Woodlands American Grill,
HOLE PLUS ONE SPONSORS: Neil Beckerman and Suellen & A. J. Rosmarin, Higier Allen & Lautin, P.C., Marsh & McLennan Agency, Known Locally As Prescott Pailet Benefits, Summit Transportation, The Rubin Family Foundation/Julie & Jay Liberman,
HOLE SPONSORS: C N A, Pam & Leon Dagerman, Franklin Square/Steve Rosenbaum, Lisa & David Genecov, John Hancock Investments, Longhorn III Investments, LLC, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, Esther & Michael Meyers, Jill & Benton Middleman, New Benefits and The Joel Ray Family, Laura & Andy Pastor, Prengler Products , Price Realty Corporation, Kathryn and Andy Schultz, Singer & Levick, P. C., The Shapiro Law Firm, TravisWolff, LLP, Venture Metals Inc., Walker & Doepfner, P.C., Weaver LLP,
PATRON PLAYERS: Abe Zale Foundation, Travelers
Longest drive: Dana Kleiman and Andy Wright
Closest to the pin: Dana Kleiman and Brian Hirsh