Golfers from throughout New Jersey teed off September 6 at the 18th Annual American Conference on Diversity Pro/Am Golf Classic. Held at the historic Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, the tournament winners took home non-cash prizes valued at $8,000 and the event helped raise nearly $90,000 for the American Conference on Diversity. Proceeds from this event support our signature youth program, Lead for Diversity, and all other youth and collegiate initiatives throughout the state.

“Every stroke on the golf course changes a life of a Lead for Diversity participant forever,” says Elizabeth Williams-Riley, President and CEO of the American Conference on Diversity.

Winner categories and sponsored team members include:

  • 1st Gross, won by C.R. Bard, Inc. team: Scott Lowry, Frank Lupisella, Rich Rosenzweig, and Craig Smith ($1,600 in gift certificates)
  • 1st Net, won by McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP team: Kevin Galvin, Bill Gascligone, Brett Jones, and Mike Marone ($1,600 in gift certificates)
  • 2nd Net, won by Goldberg Realty Associates team: Peter Busch, Bob Feld, Jeffrey Feld, and Kafi Ninako ($1,000 in gift certificates)
  • 3rd Net, won by Lowenstein Sandler LLP team: David Ball, Michael Delianno, Baker Maddera, and Michael Rodburg ($600 in gift certificates)

Three individuals walked away with a total of $150 in gift certificates in the following categories:

  • Closest to the Pin (men): Scott Tesser, player on the RBC Wealth Management team
  • Longest Drive (men): Kafi Ninako, player on the Goldberg Realty Associates team
  • Longest Drive (women): Nancy Kaminski, player on the Atlantic Health Systems team

Bernie Flynn, president and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company and NJM Bank, won the door prize: a 2011 season team-autographed New York Jets football.

“It has been a pleasure to once again serve as chairman of this event,” says John H. Kessler, member of the American Conference on Diversity board of trustees. “The generous support of our sponsors sustains our efforts and will enable us to continue to work with schools, businesses, and communities to create environments that welcome diversity.”

This year’s Pro/Am Golf Classic was followed by an evening reception in which Edward B. Deutsch, Managing Partner, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, was honored with the 2012 Thomas D. Sayles, Jr. Humanitarian Award. Sayles was a longtime American Conference on Diversity board member and initiator of the Golf Classic. The American Conference on Diversity is proud to pay tribute to his memory, humanitarian spirit, and commitment to social justice.

“The Thomas D. Sayles, Jr. Humanitarian Award is very meaningful to me as Tom was a great friend of mine. The Annual Pro/Am Golf Classic was a great day and I am honored to have been recognized by the American Conference on Diversity,” says Deutsch.

Deutsch has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1992, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. Founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of Somerset Hills Bank, Deutsch also chaired Governor Chris Christie’s Department of Banking and Insurance Transition Sub-Committee. In addition, he accepted the nomination of Governor Christie to be one of two public members of the newly created Red Tape Commission chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. In October 2011, he was ranked number 10 on the NJBIZ Power 50 Banking List of the 50 Most Powerful People in Banking.

Reception underwriters for the event were C.R. Bard, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, and NJM Bank.

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To reserve your participation or for sponsorship opportunities at the 19th Annual Pro/Am Golf Class on September 12, 2013, please call Melissa Sandler, Director of Events, at 732-745-9330 or email

About the Lead for Diversity Program
Formerly known as Anytown, NJ, Lead for Diversity has been a cornerstone of the American Conference on Diversity Youth Leadership Institute since 1995. Since that time, 107 of New Jersey’s high schools from 16 counties have participated and approximately 2,300 students have been delegates. In a recent survey of past program participants, nearly 80 percent of former delegates said that attending the program impacted their career choice, leading them to education, social work, nonprofit work, healthcare, government, and law. For more on the impact of Lead for Diversity, download the Lead for Diversity Survey Report.