New Jersey Golf Foundation Honors Michael Setola, President & CEO of Tharanco Lifestyles as 2018 Chairman’s Award Recipient
Annual NJGF Golf Classic Raises More than $200,000 to Support Golf Programs for youth, military, and special needs
The New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the New Jersey Section PGA of America (NJPGA), announced Michael Setola, President & CEO of Tharanco Lifestyles, as the recipient of the NJGF’s 2018 Chairman’s Award. Setola was recognized at the 12th Annual NJGF Golf Classic held at Baltusrol Golf Club on Monday, August 13th. While the inclement weather shortened the golf portion of the day, unwavering support from partners and donors was incredible as the NJGF raised more than $200,000 to support dynamic golf programming for youth, military, and individuals with special needs.
The NJGF Golf Classic is the signature event on the NJGF’s annual calendar, where the Chairman’s Award is given to an individual who works tirelessly behind the scenes to support the NJGF’s programs and initiatives. This year’s recipient, New Jersey native Michael Setola, is the President & CEO of Tharanco Lifestyles, a private holding company that includes real estate investments and an established apparel arm featuring popular brands – The Greg Norman Collection and Dunning Golf. Outside of his job responsibilities, Setola dedicates extensive time to philanthropy by serving on the Board of Directors of the YMA/Fashion Scholarship Fund and serving as Vice Chairman of Delivering Good, a non-profit which collects and distributes apparel products for families in need and victims of natural disasters. Under Setola’s leadership, Tharanco Lifestyles has been a longtime supporter of charitable endeavors in collaboration with the PGA of America, the NJPGA Section, and the NJGF.
The NJGF was created in 2004 to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf, with a focus on 3 core pillars; youth, military, and special needs. Under the guidance of PGA Professionals, dynamic programming is designed to provide individuals from all backgrounds with an opportunity to experience the game of golf in a welcoming environment. As a long-standing and committed partner, Setola and Tharanco Lifestyles support continues to have a positive influence on the Foundation’s year-over-year growth and success.
“Tharanco Lifesyles has consistently been one of the most active supporters of the NJGF since inception, and it’s an absolute pleasure to recognize Mike Setola for his leadership and commitment to help advance NJGF programs,” said Chris Hunt, Executive Director, NJGF. “Making a difference is what we do best, and thanks to Mike, the NJGF is well positioned to make a more meaningful impact on the communities we serve, as we introduce the game of a lifetime to individuals from all backgrounds.”
The primary beneficiary of the 2018 NJGF Golf Classic is “Golf in Schools”, an initiative that introduces the game of golf to children (K-8) by incorporating the sport into the physical education curriculum at elementary and middle schools throughout the state. New Jersey is home to one of the most prolific Golf in Schools programs in the country impacting more than 110,000 boys and girls at more than 200 schools.
Additional programs under the youth and special needs pillar that will benefit from the NJGF Golf Classic include, PGA Junior League, Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics NJ, and Els for Autism, among others. Moreover, contributions from this event will be used to further support the growth of PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) the NJGF’s flagship military program that introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
About The New Jersey Golf Foundation
Founded in 2004, the NJGF is the charitable arm of the New Jersey PGA Section. With a focus on 3 core pillars (youth, military, special needs), the NJGF is committed to impacting lives and communities through the game of golf. Led by PGA Professionals, the NJGF hosts a dynamic line-up of programming that provides access for individuals from all backgrounds to experience the game of golf. Signature programs include, Golf In Schools, which is run annually at more than 200 schools, impacting more than 110,000 boys and girls (K-8), PGA Junior League featuring more than 80 teams and 1300 kids under the age of 13 throughout New Jersey, and PGA HOPE, the flagship military program that introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.njgolffoundation.org.
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