28th Annual Kinsler Classic supports Jewish Geriatric Services(left to right) Runners A. F. Lucia, Ila Shebar, Maura Devlin, Mike Horowitz, Tami Bresnahan, Pam Behrens, Billy Rowe (race winner), Dan Grow and Israel Schepps meet with Bruce Leshine, Race Coordinator at the first Cross-Crestview Classic Race.
Jewish Geriatric Services supporters enjoyed picture perfect weather on the beautiful fairways of Crestview Country Club at its 28th Annual Kinsler Classic Golf Tournament. Over 250 golfers, bridge players, runners and volunteers had a good time for a great cause, continuing a 28-year tradition of community support for the programs of Jewish Geriatric Services. Almost 150 businesses, families and individuals supported the event as sponsors.
The tournament, which has historically featured a bridge and golf tournament, for the first time offered a five mile road race on the cart paths of the country club. Recreational runners, as young as thirty-something and as old as seventy-something, arrived early for a 7 a.m. race on the scenic cart paths, followed by breakfast. Bill Rowe placed first for the men and Ila Shebar placed first for the women. Bruce Leshine, volunteer race director, was encouraged by the turnout, and the additional opportunity for the community to support Jewish Geriatric Services.
The day finished with an awards dinner, live auction and raffle.
Proceeds from this event will support two critical initiatives of JGS. Funds raised will be used to purchase additional state-of-the-art electric "Hi-Lo" beds for the residents of the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home, which are effective in assuring the safety of residents who require a low bed to protect them from falling while assuring their dignity and independence by living without restraints. JGS Kinsler Classic Nursing Scholarship Fund is also supported to provide tuition support to staff enrolled in accredited nursing programs at the undergraduate level and beyond. This fund provides JGS staff with the opportunity to improve their skills and advance in their careers.