No way, José! — HAT Golf Tournament drives on

November 2, 2017

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It was a dark and stormy morning with driving rain and winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour. Temperatures were cooler than usual for mid-September. Hurricane José was making its closest point of approach through the Atlantic off of Virginia’s coast. Although the weather conditions may have seemed more appropriate for the famed Muirfield Golf Course in Scotland—Tuesday, Sept. 19 was an exciting day for the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning to hold its 29th annual golf tournament at the prestigious Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach.

Affectionately known to many as the Bob Josephberg Classic, named for one of HAT’s most revered champions, the HAT golf tournament raises money to benefit HAT students and families.

“The tournament is our school’s biggest fundraiser, and we truly cannot thank the donors and golfers enough for coming out and supporting our school. As the saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and our donors and supporters are a very important part of our ‘Village,’” says Heather Moore, head of school.

“We are honored and grateful to have the enduring support of our legendary advocates Bob Josephberg, Angela Jenkins, and tournament co-chairs Ilana and Nathan Benson,” says Moore.

“Proceeds from the tournament help to make a Hebrew Academy education accessible for all students and are an investment in the education of our future leaders,” says Babbi Bangel, HAT board president. Motivated by this goal, many members of the community united to support the 29th annual tournament. With 101 golfers on the roster; generous sponsorships from 108 local and national companies, professionals, families, and individuals; and raffle prizes donated by more than 55 local businesses, the golf outing surpassed the school’s fundraising goal by 16% and was a great success.

“Every year, our golf committee dedicates hours of planning for the golf event…including obtaining sponsorships and raffle prizes, and organizing the 30 tournament volunteers needed to make the evolution run smoothly,” says Bangel. “As always, the staffs of HAT, Sandler Family Campus, and Cardo Café, along with the HAT trustees and parents, and Bayville Golf Club staff demonstrated exceptional teamwork and professionalism to make this year’s tournament one of the finest and most unforgettable.”

The 30th Annual HAT Golf Tournament is slated for Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Bayville.

For more information, contact Patti Seeman, HAT director of development, at 757‑424‑4327, or email pseeman@hebrewacademy.net. Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

- Patti Seeman

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