Monsey—It was a night to remember for the over 250 men who spent an evening of competitive sports, swimming, food and more in Monsey as they raised money for Our Place, the Brooklyn-based organization that provides services, counseling and drop in centers for troubled teens from all over the world.
The Ultimate Barbeque and Poolside Volleyball Tournament for Men Only took place at the home of Yosef Zupnik and offered a full spread of grilled items, sushi and more and featured 16 volleyball teams from Monsey and the Five Towns, each one bringing in a minimum of $5,000 in funds for Our Place.
The event kicked off with tehillim for the situation in Israel led by Rabbi Daniel Coren, director of Monsey’s Project Inspire and was sponsored by MYDA Advisors, as well as EMStar, Capital Funding Group, Chem Rx Pharmaceuticals, Safrin Associates, Deerwood Real Estate Capital, Sterling National Bank and Herzog Wine Cellars, with long time Our Place sponsor Eden Wok of New Rochelle both sponsoring the event and donating sushi for the evening.
Our Place director Rabbi Aryeh Young was effusive in his gratitude to the Monsey community for its overwhelming support.
“Our Places children are all of klal yisroel’s children, wherever they may be,” said Rabbi Young.
The fundraiser lasted well over five hours as participants swam, enjoyed the delicious fare and the many giveaways, but the highlight of the event was the volleyball tournament, with Menachem Lieber’s The Five Towners walking away with the win. Each player on the winning team will enjoy a night out in New York City including dinner at Mike’s Bistro and an overnight hotel stay in Manhattan.
“Everyone had such a good time that no one wanted to go home,” said Rabbi Young. “People commented that they had never seen such an amazing, popular, fun filled event in the Monsey community before and we are working on a similar event to take place soon in the Five Towns.”
Rabbi Young thanked Chaim Greenfield, Naftali Zelman and Boruch Abramoff who were instrumental in co-chairing the event, Yossi Brachfeld of Evergreen who generous provided much of the food for the evening and Ari Schiffer who served as the event’s private chef.
“I can’t thank the residents of Monsey enough for showing us such unconditional support,” said Rabbi Young. “We hope to continue having a warm relationship with the Monsey community as we continue our quest to help troubled teens, wherever they may be.”
To find out more about Our Place, visit them online at www.ourplaceny.org or call 516-512-4494.