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Stars Within Reach Golf Outing at Trump National Golf Club benefits homeless and undeserved children

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By Joe Vallee and Ryan Downs

Stars Within Reach, Inc. hosted its 3rd Annual Stars Golf Outing on Monday, August Stars Within Reach 3rd Annual Golf Outing. Photo: Joe Vallee Sr.9th at the Trump National Golf Club in Pine Hill, NJ. In partnership with the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation, The Blues Babe Foundation’s Camp (the brainchild of musician Jill Scott), Urban Promise, and Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia, the Stars Golf Outing benefited homeless and undeserved children in the surrounding areas.

Founder and President of Brownstone PR Megan R. Smith believes much of the success can be attributed to Stars Within Reach Executive Director Nichole Badger as well as an aggressive approach that Badger and Smith took going into this year's tournament.

"I knew there was a lot of great things Nicole had in the works and I knew I could definitely come on board and help them get more media attention, more sponsors," mentions Smith. "With the first two years, she created an amazing event on her own. Going into the third year, we wanted to make it bigger and better. We approached new sponsors, new companies, new event partners, and the response was just overwhelming. I think everyone was excited to part of an amazing event that benefits so many people. It's also the opportunity come out to enjoy this golf club. From Ferrari to Holt's, it's just been an amazing response."

Because Philly2Philly was covering the event (or mainly because Ryan and yours truly wouldn't leave Tony Palmer from Algar Ferrari-Maserati in Rosemont, PA alone), we were able to take a Maserati for a test drive (see the other "exciting" clip HERE). Needless to say, it was one of THE highlights of the day for us.

‘Celebrity’ guests at the event included: Johari Rollins, NBC10’s Renee Chenault-Fattah, former Eagles player and current 610 WIP host Ike Reese, former Flyers player Brian Propp, and State Representative Tony Payton.  Johari Rollins, the other half of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hosted a Ladies Golf Clinic in the afternoon.

The event also included a Silent Auction. The high ticket items for the auction were: Holt’s Cigar Company Special Edition Snakewood Humidor, which went for $450, a Jimmy Rollins autographed jersey, a Wine Tasting with Brian Freedman, and a Union Trust Steakhouse gift card. Each went for a little over $400.

With over 120 guests in attendance, last year’s attendance figures as well as last year's fundraising efforts was more than doubled in 2010. And with the continued success of the event each passing year, 2011 should be even better.

Check out Joe Vallee Sr.'s photo gallery to the right.