Through its J.H. Cohn Foundation, J.H. Cohn LLP donated a total of $150,000 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) and the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, two Cohn for Kids‒supported charities, at its twenty-first Annual Charity Golf Invitational held June 11. Over the last six years, J.H. Cohn's outing has raised a combined total of more than $1,000,000 for these two organizations.
Longtime J.H. Cohn Charity Golf Invitational supporter Capital One Bank was the presenting sponsor of the outing, which hosted 100 golfers and dozens of special guests at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, New Jersey. Other major sponsors included Epstein Becker & Green and Lord Abbett.
Through the J.H. Cohn Foundation, Cohn for Kids supports children in need, from young children to college students. SOWF provides college scholarship grants, financial aid, and educational counseling to the children of US Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident. The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation is devoted to ending the cycle of domestic violence and loss of life through Margaret's Place and other programs, including school-wide antiviolence campaigns, developmental workshops focusing on coping and leadership skills, and educational forums for school staff and parents.
Accepting the award for SOWF was Major General James C. McCombs, US Air Force, Retired. General McCombs retired as the Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff at the US Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, in April 1997, after thirty-five years of distinguished military service.
Joe Torre, chairman and founder of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, made a special appearance on behalf of the foundation. Torre joined the golfers for the $10,000 shoot-out competition, signed bats and baseballs, and posed for photos with guests. During the evening program, he spoke about the foundation and the impact of J.H. Cohn's support.
The checks were presented by J.H. Cohn's Thomas J. Marino, CPA, partner and CEO, and by Michael L. Cohen, CPA, office managing partner-Roseland and the director of the J.H. Cohn Foundation. Cohen was presented with the inaugural Michael L. Cohen Corporate Citizen Award, which will be given annually to an employee or partner within J.H. Cohn who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to his or her community.
"We are incredibly proud of how our golf invitational has become a signature event for our clients and friends in the business community, but, most of all, we take pride in the impact the funds raised have had on two very special charities," says Cohen.
Steve Adubato, Emmy Award-winning PBS anchor, media analyst, author, university professor, and motivational speaker, was the evening's master of ceremonies and conducted an exciting live auction during the evening ceremonies.
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Each year, J.H. Cohn distinguishes its event with unique experiences throughout the day for its guests. This year featured a $10,000 shoot-out with a guaranteed winner, a Titleist tent, nine closest-to-the pin prizes, team prizes, a silent auction featuring more than twenty-five items, and a live auction with such packages as a foursome at the Joe Torre Safe at Home Celebrity Golf Classic, an opportunity to be "photographer for the day" at a New York Mets game, and a one-week vacation on the island of Nevis.
Next month, J.H. Cohn's New Jersey offices will hold their annual Bowl-a-Thon to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Jersey. The firm has raised more than $1,000,000 for this chapter of Make-a-Wish, making it the top corporate donor in the state.