December 16, 2009
At its third annual golf outing to benefit the children of China Care, the J.P.Morgan Technology Group surpassed all expectations and raised more money than at its prior two fundraisers, bringing in more than $100 thousand for China Care Foundation.
“By far this was the most well received outing to date!” said Ken Iacurto, of J.P. Morgan and one of the event organizers. “We had greater prizes, greater participation and were able to raise a record amount of money,” Iacurto added. He continues to put this event together each year because, “it allows employers and vendors to join together as a team to contribute to a great cause.”
More than 130 golfers came out to Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, New Jersey, to enjoy the day at the links and support China Care at the same time. It was a crisp, sunny October day where blackberries may have been present, but desks were certainly not! After golf, participants sat down for dinner and took part in both a live and silent auction as well as various raffles.
Sports memorabilia, wine and golf outings at exclusive clubs were just some of the auction items guests took home.
“We are fortunate to work with people that understand and appreciate how lucky they are regardless of the current economic situation,” explained Ludwig D’Angelo, of J.P. Morgan, another organizer of the outing. “This event is all about the children - we never lose sight of that fact - their situation does not change with the condition of the global economy so why should we?”
Since starting this annual benefit three years ago, the J.P. Morgan Technology Group has raised more than $450 thousand, which has gone directly to support two of the nursery rooms at the China Care Home in Beijing.
Event attendees had the chance to see the difference they make in even one child’s life when China Care Director of Development Grace Muoio gave a presentation and displayed a photo of a young child who was born with spina bifida. The young boy had surgery to both remove the sac on his back as well as implant a shunt to help drain excess fluid. But the shunt got infected and had to be removed. The photo showed him with a bandage on his belly and a large, red, growth protruding from his neck, where the infected shunt had been. “The surgery to implant this little boy’s new shunt was the very first surgery the tech group at JP Morgan funded for China Care,” Muoio explained. “Without the surgery, he would not have survived.” Muoio then changed the slide to show a picture of a chubby toddler sporting a huge grin on his face. The little boy is now three years old, living with a loving foster family and on his way to permanent adoption.