Dwares JCC Golf Classic raises $63,000


CRANSTON – On June 3, golfers arrived at the beautiful Alpine Country Club to a shining sun, warm weather and a bit of wind for the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s 34th Annual Dwares JCC Golf Classic.


Chaired by Cindy and Mark Feinstein, the event grossed approximately $63,000 to support programs at the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center, in Providence. Sponsors included nearly 40 local businesses and individuals, with Double Eagle Sponsors Bonnie and Donald Dwares and The Miriam Hospital.

The Dwares JCC is a central hub for education, wellness, and cultural and engagement programming for the local Jewish community and beyond. Donations support scholarships for children to attend the David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center and J-Camp, as well as other initiatives such as PJ Library, the Eides Family J-Space Afterschool Program and a range of social programs for seniors. 

Golfers enjoyed lunch, a round of golf, on-course contests and a dinner/awards ceremony.

Before the tournament started, Adam Greenman, president and CEO of the Jewish Alliance, welcomed guests and shared the importance of the tournament and the Alliance’s work.  During dinner, Mark Feinstein  talked about the importance of the Alliance’s PJ Library program and the impact it has on the community, children and early literacy.

Following these introductions, Michelle Cicchitelli, senior director of youth and family engagement, gave an overview of PJ Library – this year’s Fund A Need beneficiary – and the importance of increasing its funding.

“For only $40, one child can have the joy of receiving books for one year. Children love receiving their books in the mail. This is something they look forward to each and every month. PJ Library serves nearly 650 children in Rhode Island each month, which translates into 80,000 books distributed to children in Rhode Island since the program began,” Cicchitelli said.

Jamie Pious, the soon to be installed chair of the board of directors, concluded the remarks on PJ Library by asking participants to consider donating to the program so more children can receive books and enhance their love of reading.  

Congratulations to the tournament’s winners:

1st Gross: Rick Granoff, Andy Wielder, Howard Lazarus

1st Net Men: Rob Sherwin, Dan Hamel, Steve Wolf, Manny DeRosa

2nd Net Men: Tom Humphreys, Scott Bielecki, Michael Friedman, Richard Mittleman

3rd Net Men: Jamie Pious, Daniel Pious, Michael Evans, Matthew Plosker

1st Net Mix: Donald Dwares, David Epstein, James Galkin, Gail St. Pierre

2nd Net Mixed: Mark & Cindy Feinstein and Bob & Cathy Oresman.

Closest to the Pin, Men: Mike Evans.                                               

Longest Drive:  Cathy Oresman

Hit the Green: Bob Vetromite

Putting Contest: Steven Deware

SETH FINKLE is manager of development at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.