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"Golfers Looking Forward to Winter for Annual Outing"

Networking and Putting throughout Newark’s Business District With The New Jersey Historical Society Adding Its Unique NJ Perspective

The New Jersey Historical Society in partnership with Guardian Fence Company, Inc. of Newark, will join with prominent local firms and figures for the Fifth Annual Winter Golf Classic sponsored by Newark Technology Group (NTG), which converts the downtown central business district of Newark into a duffer's paradise. Hosted by the NTG, co-founded by Wachovia Bank and National Redevelopment, LLC, the Classic will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. throughout downtown Newark. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Jersey Cares, a non-profit organization that partners with more than two hundred non-profits to provide service projects in the state.

The New Jersey Historical Society, the oldest cultural institution in the state, will use one of its gallery exhibitions at its 52 Park Place museum and library to produce a unique golf experience created by its exhibit designer, Daniel Schnur, and sponsoring partner, Guardian Fence, a full service manufacturer and contractor of fencing and highway safety products for commercial, industrial, and government projects.

Sally Yerkovich, President and CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society, said, "We are delighted to be a golf destination for this winter classic, particularly because of New Jersey's historic links to golf. The inventor of the golf tee was a dentist from South Orange, Dr. William Lowell; the phrase "birdie" was coined by Ab Smith, a Philadelphia golfer, while he was playing on an Atlantic City golf course; and when Harold E. Baker drove his gasoline powered "buck board" on to the Rock Spring Golf Course in West Orange, he created the first golf cart."

"Because our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the past and present cultures that make New Jersey a quintessentially American place, we welcome this unique opportunity to create a quintessentially New Jersey golf challenge, benefit the work of Jersey Cares and further the goals of NTG," said Yerkovich.

Jeff Feldman, Guardian's general manager, said, "We have been part of the Newark and state landscape since 1929, but collaborating with a historical society and working within exhibition space is surely a historic first for us."

Many organizations have off-site networking functions, but the Winter Golf Classic brings networking back into the office – providing companies with the opportunity to showcase their services to a relaxed and captive audience while highlighting Newark as a city offering tremendous opportunity to conduct and generate business. Two-hundred business professionals from industries including technology, finance, real estate, engineering, architecture and design will brave the winter chill, while participating hole sponsors like NJHS and Guardian Fence, demonstrate their creative sides by designing interesting and tricky golf holes in areas normally restricted for institutional functions, displays or power meetings.

Participants and sponsors of this networking event include local businesses and individuals who are supporters of the growth of the technology community that has developed in Newark since the inception of the Newark Technology Group in July of 1998.

"The Winter Golf Classic is a great event that challenges golfers of all skill levels (to stay warm) while taking a walking tour of the downtown business district of Newark in late February, putting through various buildings. We look forward to seeing what unique features (and Mother Nature) our supporters will contribute,” said Christian M. Benedetto Jr., President, National Redevelopment, LLC, and one of the co-founders of the Newark Technology Group.

“Jersey Cares is thrilled to partner with Newark Tech Group on the Winter Golf Classic. A large part of the Jersey Cares mission is about building a sense of community. This event certainly helps build towards that goal and this partnership will enable us to better serve the city of Newark through volunteering,” says CJ Meenan, Executive Director of the Newark-based Jersey Cares.

The day begins with registration and breakfast at one of four locations in downtown Newark including Riverfront Stadium, 550 Broad Street and 744 Broad Street. Golfers will then putt their way through corporate offices, lobbies and downtown restaurants while networking with associates and colleagues. The day will culminate in the lobby of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for lunch where a golfer will be selected at random to have the chance to putt at the Marriott Hotels-sponsored “Hole-in-One.” If the lucky golfer hits the progressive putting contest, he/she may win a grand prize of a 2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe or a fantasy golf vacation! Whatever the pitch, it is impossible to miss the 200+ good-natured participants walking through Newark with their golf putters.

In addition to The New Jersey Historical Society and Guardian Fence Company, Inc., other past and present supporters of this highly anticipated event include Wachovia Bank, National Redevelopment, LLC, 550 Broad Associates, Advance Realty Group, C&C Sales, Deloitte, Diversified Capital, Fedex/Kinko’s, Marriott Hotels, Merrill Lynch, Nextel, Smolin Lupin & Co., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Bears, Prudential, PSEG, Teacher’s Title Services, Theater Square Grill, The Harbor Group, UMDNJ and Excalibur 1031 Group.

The Newark Technology Group is a non-profit enabling organization established to create and sustain a technology community for the greater Newark region. In doing so, the NTG has facilitated the creation of business opportunities for and between corporate citizens; provided Newark-based companies the opportunity to source capital; addressed workforce readiness in training and educational delivery channels; and improved the standard of living for Newark's citizenry. Other programs supported by the Newark Technology Group include the Newark Technology Networking Breakfast Program, a breakfast networking meeting that facilitates the development of strategic business partnerships among the various technology and related businesses in the Newark region. The Newark Technology Networking Breakfast Program meets quarterly in January, April, July and October. Visit Newark Technology Group's home page for more information.
For more information about Jersey Cares, please visit Jersey Cares' home page. For more information about NTG or to participate with the Winter Golf Classic, please contact Alyson Nash, Zing Marketing, 973.623.9464, or visit Newark Technology Group's online information regarding the golf outing. The cost to participate is $100 per golfer.

The New Jersey Historical Society, founded in 1845, is a state-wide, private, non-profit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of New Jersey to the broadest possible audiences. The New Jersey Historical Society, the oldest cultural institution in the state, examines New Jersey history through its collections, exhibitions, publications and programming. The Historical Society is located at 52 Park Place in Newark, half a block from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Exhibition galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Library is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Family programs take place Saturdays and lunchtime workshops and lectures are offered every Wednesday from September through June. Visit The New Jersey Historical Society home pagefor further information.

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