Supporters of New Community Corporation spent a day driving and putting at the Montclair Golf Club in West Orange for the 23rd Annual Golf Outing.
After a sunny day on the course, participants enjoyed a dinner and reception where they heard about the real purpose of the day: supporting NCC educational programs, the Monsignor William J. Linder Scholarship Fund and Harmony House, NCC’s transitional living facility for homeless families.
Lovelene Glaude, program assistant at the New Community Workforce Development Center, shared her experience with Harmony House. She lived there with her son for nine months and got access to resources that helped her both personally and professionally. She currently lives in an NCC apartment complex and hopes to buy a home in the future.
“I want to thank everyone that has contributed to NCC,” she said. “Because if it wasn’t for you, I don’t know where I would be.”
Anna Sing-King, Human Resources manager for New Community, also addressed the crowd, explaining how NCC changed her life. She was referred to the organization when she was an unemployed 24-year-old with a 4-year-old child. After receiving training, she filled a temporary file clerk position. She impressed her supervisor and got an opportunity to fill a receptionist position in the HR Department.
“Since I have been with New Community, I have grown personally and professionally,” she said. “I have a family (a husband, a daughter and a son), I have been promoted several times, I earned my bachelor’s degree in 2013, I own a home and, most of all, I have learned to give back what I have received.”
This year’s event co-chairs were Douglas R. Ewertsen, senior vice president of Wells Fargo Insurance Services; Michael Pintabone, partner at Withum; and Dr. A. Zachary Yamba, NCC Board of Directors member and president emeritus of Essex County College.
Platinum sponsors for the event were Claremont Construction, Withum Tax Services, Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Ferry Carpet. NCC would also like to thank longtime supporter Tony Lolo, vice president of Ferry Carpet.
Yamba reminded the crowd that Monsignor Linder, who was traveling June 27 and unable to attend the Golf Outing, was the driving force behind all the good work New Community has done over the past 50 years and thanked everyone for their continued support.