Core Services' Team in the Community
October 23 &24th 2011, Las Vegas NV- Jim Bistis, President and CEO of Core Services, with playing partner Jeffrey Anderson are participating in the Els for Autism Grand Finale in Las Vegas. The Finale is the culmination of a season long, charity-driven, golf series that in its first year has become the largest amateur, fundraising, national tournament in U.S history.
The Golf Challenge, spearheaded by World of Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, consisted of 30 Super Regional events around the country at TPC and handpicked public and private courses, from May through September, with all teams competing for a place at the Grand Finale in Las Vegas. In September, team Bistis was the top fundraiser, qualifying them for the Grand Finale.
Proceeds from the Golf Challenge will go to the Els for Autism Foundation to fund a Center of Excellence. The $30 million project, the first of its kind in the world, will provide a physical and virtual hub that will reach out to the autism community across the U.S. and the world.
Over 1,700 people have taken part in 2011 Golf Challenge with a total of $1.7 million raised thanks to some 8,500 donors.
Els For Autism Center of Excellence and the Els for Autism Golf Challenge. Determined to make a positive contribution to this worthy cause, CEO Jim Bistis is taking his team and joining in the challenge to help raise money to create the Els Center of Excellence. The ultimate goal is to have The Els Center for Excellence provide the world with a model of the best practices in education and therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Jim’s team was the top fund raiser this September, and will be headed to Las Vegas in October to join other teams for one final fund raising golf challenge, featuring several pro tour players past and present. For more info: http://www.e4agolf.com
Core Services is a Proud Sponsor of The Autism Speaks Organization. In 2010, Core Services sponsored Professional Golfer Jeffrey Anderson at the June 20th Autism Speaks Celebrity Golf Challenge at Winged Foot Golf Club. To learn more about this organization, please visit their website at www.AutismSpeaks.org
Core Services is sponsoring professional golfer, Jeffrey Anderson for the 2011-2012 golf season. Jeffrey is a local NJ/NY professional with strong ties to the Core Services’ family. Jeffrey has been instrumental in the success of Fortune 500 company golf events, the David Glenz Junior Golf Camp, and the Chelsea Piers junior golf program. He is currently working on his apprenticeship in the PGA of America and as a Hank Haney Certified Instructor.
As he tours this year, Jeffrey will continue to promote his alliance with Core Services to help advance Autism awareness through a shared partnership with the Autism Speaks Organization. To learn more about Jeffrey Anderson, please visit his website at: www.JeffreyAndersonGolf.com
Core Services is a sponsor of The McCarton Foundation. The McCarton Foundation is dedicated to increasing the educational opportunities for children with autism and making a better life for them and their families. The number of children diagnosed with autism grew from 1 in 1,000 in 1993 to 1 in 110 today, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Faced with this crisis, The McCarton Foundation was established to reach more of those many children with autism who are deprived of appropriate treatment and educational instruction. Since 2002, hundreds of children have made gains by use of their integrated model of speech, behavioral, and occupational therapies. Learn more about the important work of this organization by visiting www.mccartonfoundation.org.
Core Services Participates at 3rd Annual Gray Cup Golf Tournament in New Jersey, held at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ.
As a life-long resident of New Jersey, Jim Bistis, President and CEO of Core Services Corporation, feels passionately about helping to preserve the beauty of his home state. And so for the past two years, Jim and his team were happy to raise funds for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey (“The Conservancy”) by playing in the 2nd and 3rd Annual Gray Cup Invitational Golf Classics.
“I love New Jersey, having grown up here and now head-quartering my company here,” explains Bistis. “I am a great admirer of The Conservancy which preserves land and water resources, conserves open space, and inspires and empowers individuals and communities to protect our natural land and environment.” Bistis continues, “As a New Jersey resident and business leader, I seek opportunities to help organizations that are making positive contributions to this great state. The Conservancy is just such an organization. Having preserved over 17,100 acres and assisted towns in securing more than $200 million in county, state, and federal grants for their land conservation projects, The Conservancy has helped ensure that New Jersey is able to host amazing outdoor events like the Gray Cup, and multiple national PGA events that showcase some of the most stunning settings in the country.”
The Annual Gray Cup Invitational Golf Classic is named to honor C. Graydon Rogers for his many years of outstanding service to The Conservancy. Gray served for ten years on The Conservancy’s Board of Trustees, including three years as Chairman. Under his stewardship and tireless leadership, The Conservancy grew from a regional land trust to a state leader in open space preservation. Bistis concludes, “My team comes out to have a great day at Ballyowen Golf Club at Crystal Springs Resort for a great cause. Both The Conservancy and my golf team come away as winners. We look forward to future events and continuing our support of The Conservancy.”
About The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
Founded in 1981, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is a member supported non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving and protecting our vital natural lands and water resources. The Land Conservancy of New Jersey has received accreditation from The Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction indicating that the organization meets national quality standards for protecting open space lands, upholding the public trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent. For more information visit their website at www.tlc-nj.org. For more information about The Conservancy, visit: http://www.tlc-nj.org.
Katy Ski Jam- October 14 & 15 2011: The Lakes of Katy WaterSki Club hosted the first annual Katy Ski Jam event on June 26, 2010. It was an affordable, action-packed, water show in a fun, family atmosphere. The shoreline was packed with vendors, demonstrations, food and drink concession stands, professional athletes, local families, and business organizations. That evening everyone was able to witness world-class water performances, including Freestyle Barefooters, Wakeboard tricksters, Hydrofoil and Free-Style Jumpers. Community businesses, including Core Services, made donations and area employees volunteered their time and expertise to help organize this huge outdoor event.
As a Platinum Sponsor of Katy Ski Jam in 2010 and 2011, Jennifer Lasida, Director of Marketing and Events at Core Services, has provided her planning experience to this event and, perhaps more importantly, has been instrumental in arranging for the Houston Chapter of the American Cancer Society to receive a portion of this year’s proceeds. Core Services, which is commited to actively participating in community events, is proud of Jennifer’s involvement — and Core Services will continue to support its employee’s efforts in local events and philanthropic endeavors.
For Katy Ski Jam pictures, video and more information on the event: www.KatySkiJam.com
The Starlight Gala: The Starlight Gala was established in 1996 with the twin goals of raising money for the American Cancer Society and introducing young professionals to philanthropy. Comprised of Houston’s brightest young leaders, these philanthropists give back to the community in a big way. In the past 14 years the Starlight Gala has raised over $1.4 million for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services.
This past May marked the American Cancer Society’s 15th Annual Starlight Gala. As the American Cancer Society is the official sponsor of Birthdays– and in honor of celebrating the Gala’s 15th birthday – this year’s theme, “La Dolce Vita,” reflected on creating a world with more birthdays, one sweet life at a time. This well-attended black-tie event was held in the elegant Crystal Ballroom at The Rice on Saturday, May 8, 2010.
In addition to being a Table Sponsor and Donor the last four years, Core Services’ Director of Marketing and Events, Jennifer Lasida, has also volunteered her time and skills. As an event planner, Jennifer has worked as a site committee chair on the event’s operation planning and execution, and she managed the food/beverage and staffing during the event. For more information on the Houston Starlight Gala go to: www.starlightgala.org