SEEDS – Access Changes Everything’s Golf Classic Raises Nearly $200,000 for Low-Income Students

SEEDS – Access Changes Everything’s Annual Allen Meisels Golf Classic Raises Nearly $200,000 to Educate Low-Income Students

Money raised from the Golf Classic directly benefits SEEDS’ academic programming for high-achieving students from low-income households.

August 10, 2021 – NEWARK, NJ – SEEDS – Access Changes Everything today announced that its annual Allen Meisels Memorial Golf Classic, held August 2 at Mountain Ridge Country Club, grossed nearly $200,000 – money that will directly fund SEEDS programming and ensure the organization’s mission of providing educational access and opportunity to high-achieving students from low-income households.

“Over the years, the Allen Meisels Memorial Golf Classic, named after one of our most-revered trustees, has helped raise the capital that is so critical in ensuring that SEEDS is able to continue its life-changing work of leveling the educational playing field,” said SEEDS President and CEO John F. Castano. “The result of this incredible event coupled with the support of our generous sponsors and players makes access to high-quality education a reality for many deserving students. To all those who helped make this event a success – thank you for your continued support of SEEDS and our scholars.”

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Allen Meisels Memorial Golf Classic returned to Mountain Ridge Country Club – which ranks in the top 100 golf courses in the country – and opened with a buffet brunch before players teed off to a shotgun start. Following a day of play, participants enjoyed a cocktail reception featuring an auction, followed by a scholarship paddle raise and dinner.

The Golf Classic is an annual event named in honor of Allen Meisels, who served the organization for more than 20 years as both a longtime SEEDS trustee and committed friend. A passionate advocate for the SEEDS mission and a champion for educational access, Meisels was instrumental in many of the organization’s board committees and played a vital role in the establishment and growth of the Golf Classic.

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About SEEDS – Access Changes Everything
Founded in 1992, SEEDS – Access Changes Everything is a nonprofit organization that provides motivated, high-achieving, low-income students with access to top-tier education that would have otherwise been unattainable due to socioeconomic status. Through three challenging academic programs, SEEDS aims to prepare students of various grade levels for eventual placement into competitive private schools and colleges across the country.

SEEDS has been recognized locally and nationally by leading organizations including the Althea Gibson Foundation, Bank of America, Jersey Cares, Mutual of America, Oprah’s Angel Network, the Partnership in Philanthropy, and Rutgers University. In addition, Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of the financial health and efficiency of nonprofit organizations, has awarded SEEDS four consecutive 4-star ratings, its highest rating.