LONGMEADOW — JGS Lifecare, a healthcare system serving seniors and their families in Western Mass., will host its Frankel-Kinsler Classic Day of Tournaments fundraiser on June 27 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow. This will be the organization’s 41st annual tournament. In addition to golf, the tournament includes bridge, canasta and mahjong tournaments.
The tournament is named in memory Michael Frankel, a past Chairman of the JGS Board who passed away in 2013 at the young age of 49. It is also named in honor of the Raymond and Herman Kinsler Families, longtime supporters of JGS Lifecare. Last year, the tournament was held in memory of Seymour Frankel, Michael’s father and a long-time volunteer and JGS Ambassador.
“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. More than 200 people participate in one of several tournaments, including golf, bridge, canasta and mahjong, 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 necessitated by COVID, 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.
Event sponsors include The Haberman, Katz, and Webber Families; Harry Grodsky & Co.; Kleeberg Sheet Metal & Mechanical Services; Steven and Georgianne Roberts; HUB Retirement & Wealth Management, formerly Epstein Financial Services; PeoplesBank; The Albert & Judith Goldberg Family Foundation; Alekman DiTusa, LLC; Century Investment Company; CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP; Donna Frankel; Kaste Industrial Machine Sales, Inc.; NEFCO; ProCare LTC Pharmacy; and Spartan Auto Care Centers.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. with tee-off at noon. The entry fee if $275, and 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 be offering golfers the opportunity to win a $5,000 Dream Golf Getaway. The $5,000 trip includes: American Airlines airfare for two, two nights at The Pebble Beach Lodge, and three Rounds of Golf (Pebble Beach Links, Spyglass Hill & 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.