JGS Lifecare to Hold Frankel-Kinsler Classic Day of Tournaments on June 26

LONGMEADOW — JGS Lifecare, a leading healthcare system serving seniors and their families in Western Mass., will host its Frankel-Kinsler Classic Day of Tournaments fundraiser on Monday, June 26 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow. This will be the organization’s 42nd annual tournament. In addition to golf, the tournament includes tennis, pickleball, bridge, canasta, and mahjong tournaments.

The tournament is named in memory Michael Frankel, past chairman of the JGS board, who passed away in 2013 at age 49. It is also named in honor of the Raymond and Herman Kinsler families, longtime supporters of JGS Lifecare.

“The Frankel and Kinsler families have provided extraordinary leadership over the years to JGS Lifecare,” said Susan Halpern, vice president of Development at JGS Lifecare. “This tournament is a tribute to them and helps us continue their extraordinary legacy of caring and good deeds.”

The JGS Lifecare signature tournament brings the community together for a day of fun, food, and friendship in support of the care of our community’s elders. Over 200 people participate in one of several tournaments to help raise funds to support enhanced programming and services for residents, as well as to support staff scholarships for career and skills advancement. Last year, more than $115,000 was raised through sponsorships, donations, and player registrations.

Eldercare organizations like JGS Lifecare have been under severe financial stress due to insufficient funding through governmental programs that do not cover the costs of care, increased expenses due to necessary infection-control protocols and rising costs, and critical staffing shortages. JGS relies on the community’s support to help raise financial resources and bridge the gap, and the Frankel-Kinsler Classic is a central source of the community’s support.

This year’s event proceeds will fund the replacement of tired, worn resident furniture at the Leavitt Family Jewish Home with new, well-constructed nightstands, bureaus, armoires, and headboards. These furnishings will feature rounded edges to protect fragile skin and warm, wood-like finishes that feel like home yet are sturdy enough to resist wheelchair dings and scuffs. These enhancements will elevate residents’ comfort and well-being in their own private spaces.

Event sponsors committed to the tournament include the Haberman, Katz, and Webber families; Harry Grodsky & Co.; Steven and Georgianne Roberts; HUB Retirement & Wealth Management (formerly Epstein Financial Services); Liberty Bank; PeoplesBank; the Albert and Judith Goldberg Family Foundation; Alekman DiTusa LLC; Century Investment Co.; CliftonLarsonAllen LLP; Donna Frankel; Kaste Industrial Machine Sales Inc.; and Spartan Auto Care Centers.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with tee-off at noon. The entry fee of $275 includes 18 holes of golf, a barbecue lunch, dinner, and an ice-cream sundae bar. Golfers will have a chance to win several hole-in-one contests sponsored by Teddy Bear Pools and Tekoa Country Club, as well as win JGS Lifecare raffle prizes.

Charity Golf International will offer golfers the opportunity to win a $5,000 dream golf getaway, which includes American Airlines airfare for two, two nights at the Pebble Beach Lodge, and three rounds of golf (Pebble Beach Links, Spyglass Hill, and Spanish Bay). Spa/dining credits may also be substituted for golf. Awards will be presented to top golfers during the dinner portion of the event.

To register, visit www.jgslifecare.org/frankel-kinsler or contact Halpern at shalpern@jgslifecare.org or (413) 567-3949, ext. 3533.