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Monday, September 24, 2018

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Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, NJ will be the NEW home of the 21st Annual DOORS Golf Challenge. Great course, beautiful facility, big prizes and fun contests.  Should be a great day.

When you register, remember that every penny goes directly to help kids and adults with autism at DOORS, as well as supporting our new partner in this tournament, the John Theurer Cancer Center.


Know you're in? Register Now!


Tournament History, Facts and Figures - Download Here

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The DOORS Golf Challenge

The DOORS Golf Challenge – How it Started

By Mike Maron

Our founder weighs in on his journey with autism and the roots of a golf tournament that’s funded programs for kids and adults with autism for 21 years.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of my son Greg’s autism diagnosis. The first thing that popped into my mind when my wife came back from the developmental pediatrician and gave me the diagnosis was “there’s no way he has autism. We do so many fun things together. I mean, ok, he’s two years old and only says “mama and dada, but he’s so active and affectionate, and to me he was perfect, I see him every day”. Being a first-time father, I had no reference to compare him to, so I did not realize he was not hitting his milestones. I was so in awe of Greg and in denial, I didn’t see that his progression had leveled off, and in some areas (speech and eye contact, for example), he was regressing. I remember running down to my local library to learn about autism thinking, “these books are going to show me I’m right, that Greg is fine”. I remember taking Greg to the pediatrician and we told him about some of this, he said not to worry, boys tend to develop later than girls. My mother-in-law had noticed Greg had hit this plateau after 18 months and suggested we find a developmental specialist, and the specialist gave us the diagnosis.

At the library, I pulled a couple of autism books from the shelves. I didn’t even sit down to read them because I figured “I won’t be here that long because Greg is nothing like Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man. I’ll just read a little bit just to double-check to make sure I’m right”. As I read more, I began to realize that these books were describing Greg to a T. My heart began to race, and I tried to remain calm. I kept reading. Now I’m really starting to panic inside and I started getting light-headed. And when I read the fateful words, that there is no known cause and no cure for this disease, I nearly fainted. I grabbed onto the shelf to keep from falling. It was real, Greg had autism, and it was no joke.

I decided that day that I would have to go to war with autism and do whatever I could to get my son back.

Fast forward two years. I’m sitting in a small room with other parents at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. It was “Back to School Night”. A distinguished gentleman, parent of a 19-year old young man with autism, got up to expresses his concern about what would be the future of his son after “aging out” of the school. Very few programs existed for adults at the time. At the end of his plea, he breaks down crying. That hit me like a Muhammad Ali right hook. I thought, if this man is brave enough to show his vulnerability, it must be really serious. After all, that could be my son’s future as well unless we did something. That’s when I jumped in to act, and started the event I hope you will be playing in, our 21st annual Golf Challenge.

Through the work of DOORS, the parent association, in collaboration with the Douglass School, the lives of children and adults at the DDDC have been enriched with an after-school program, summer camp, adult services, weekend respite, and so much more. Greg attended the after school program for many years as well as the summer camp. He learned how to roller skate through this program and when I saw him getting so much pleasure out of it, I went right out and bought a pair of skates for myself. Greg and I have been skating together for over 20 years now. It has brought us so much joy. 

This year, through the extreme hard work of my great friend Rich Walters, we are excited to expand our event and bring in a new Title Sponsor – EA Berg Associates. Now two organizations are pooling their efforts to raise funds for autism and cancer. We’re happy to help out the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack Meridien Health. I hope you will join us for a memorable day on the links for two great causes.

Sincerely,

Mike Maron

Golf Challenge Founder

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Schedule of Events   


Check-In:  10:30 AM

Lunch & Warm-Up: 11:00 AM

Shotgun Start: 12:30 PM

        (Scramble Format)

Putting Challenge: @ Turn

Cocktails, Dinner & Awards: 5:30 PM

Registration Includes

Welcome Gifts for All Players

Multiple On-Course Contests

1st - 3rd Team Placements

Great Silent Auction & Raffle!


Welcome Back Roger Caldwell

Fun on the Course!

2018 Major Sponsors

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2018 Sponsors

The Maron Family

GREG MARON FAN CLUB

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Thank You to Our Former Sponsors

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The Zadroga Family

The Mike Murphy Family

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The Jimmy Goo Family

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Participation Fees

All Sponsorship Packages Include:  Company Logo/Name on Tournament Website, Event Banner and Custom Signage on Golf Course.

Player Packages

All Player Packages Include Lunch and Dinner


Title Sponsor:  $8,000  (SOLD)

4 Golf Foursomes  

Company Logo on all 18 Pin Flags

Company Logo/Name on Premium Welcome Gift

Company Logo on all Golf Cart Signage

Prominent Day-Of Event Recognition 

Exclusive Sponsorship on 1st Tee

Exclusive Awards Dinner Sponsor


Presenting Sponsor:  $5,750 

2 Golf Foursomes

Custom Branded Tee Box Markers - 2 Per Tee Box

Company Logo on all Golf Cart Signage

Appreciation Gift for Each Player

Exclusive Sponsorship at Lunch or Cocktail Reception

Company Logo on Golf Cart Signage


Double Eagle Sponsor:  $3,000

Golf Foursome

Golf Cart or 10K Putt Sponsor

Eagle Sponsor: $2,150

Golf Foursome 


Birdie Sponsor:  $1,100

Golf Twosome


Player Packages

Foursome:  $1,600

Threesome:  $1,200

Twosome:  $800

Single:  $400

Non-Player Packages   


Trick-Shot Entertainer:  $1,500

Roger Caldwell - On-Course Entertainer

Wear Sponsor Branded Apparel 

Represent Sponsor at Par 3 Hole


Welcome Gift Sponsor:  $1,500

Logo on Premium Welcome Gift


Hole N One Sponsor:  $1,000

Exclusive Company Logo on HNO Signage

20K Pebble Beach Golf Vacation


Golf Cart Sponsor:  $750

Branded Signage on Golf Carts


Golf Ball Sponsor: $750

Branded Sleeve of Golf Balls

Distributed to all Players


Contest Sponsor:  $750    

Practice Facility Sponsor:  $750

Beverage Cart/Station Sponsor: $750

Photography Sponsor:  $500   

Tee Box Sponsor:  $300


Cocktails & Dinner Only

Single Guest: $125

Directions

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In the Spring of 2014 Galloping Hill Golf Course completed a golf course renovation project with famed architect Rees Jones. Mr. Jones, often referred to as "The Open Doctor", took on the challenge of restoring the original shot values to Galloping Hill created by Willaird Wilkinson. The scope of work also included updating the course drainage and extensive tree work. Each bunker at Galloping Hill was renovated and built to industry standards. The result is a beautiful golf course that is fun to play for players of all skill level. 

3 Golf Drive

Kenilworth, NJ 07033

P. (908) 241-8700

Check by Mail


Payable & Mail To: DOORS, Inc.

ICO: 2018 Golf Outing

99 Leigh Ave.

Princeton, NJ  08542


Contact Us


Roger Caldwell

Great Golf Events

(913) 385-3900

Rcaldwell@GreatGolfEvents.com  


Rich Walters

E.A. Berg & Associates

(732) 803-2520

RichardWalters@eaberg.com


Jim Christy

DOORS Golf Challenge 

(917) 604-2175 

jchristy1515@gmail.com