Republic Bank Players Challenge

As told by Lenae Price, Jewish Community Center of Louisville’s director of philanthropy and outreach

Photos courtesy of the J

What to Expect

The day begins with a delicious lunch sponsored by Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill. Then, golfers will spend time on the green with opportunities to win $10,000 cash from Anytime Waste, a three-year car lease from Bill Collins Auto Group and a Rolex watch courtesy of Davis Jewelers.

While the golfers enjoy the scramble, indoor players begin fun rounds of bridge, canasta and mahjong. The afternoon wraps up with a stellar silent auction, a delicious fried chicken dinner and our awards ceremony.

Participants can register to play cards or golf. The card games happen at the same time as the golf scramble and we encourage anyone who wants to join to register. You’ll have a delightful afternoon and you might just go home with some prizes.

What’s Up for Bid

Our top three favorite silent auction items are:

1. Framed photo of Justify at the Kentucky Derby with Mike Smith autograph

2. Hyland Glass sculpture

3. Three-night stay at any US Fairmont Hotel/Resort with airfare for two

How it Has Evolved

We are so fortunate to have had the same title sponsor, Republic Bank, involved for so many years. It has helped to really establish the event as something the community looks forward to each June. It gets better and better each year as we add indoor games, special activities throughout the scramble and fun prizes.

How it Helps

Proceeds from the Republic Bank Players Challenge provide scholarships for families in need for membership and summer camp at the Jewish Community Center (The J). More than $75,000 was granted last year for scholarships to 134 families. Sponsorship dollars also support The J’s Yachad program, which provides inclusive camp opportunities to children with learning and behavioral challenges.

Proceeds also provide 700 hours of subsidized counseling at Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) for families who are seeking child and family therapy services to ensure that they can strengthen their lives, learn more effective communication and decision-making skills and improve the lives of their families. More than 2,400 individuals and families benefited last year.

It is not often you hear of successful fundraising collaborations between organizations. The J and JFCS are so proud of our partnership and this tremendous event that brings the community together. We are incredibly grateful to Republic Bank and all of the sponsors, committee members and volunteers who have supported this event over the years. And, a special shout-out to our co-chairs this year, Mark Behr and Allen Hertzman. It takes a village and we are grateful to ours! The dollars raised make a huge difference in both organizations’ abilities to serve children and families with their social, emotional and psychological needs. VT

By the numbers

Annual participants:
More than 100

Amount raised since its inception: Almost $1 million in 14 years

Day-of volunteers required: 20

Committee members: 10

Republic Bank Players Challenge

12 p.m. June 25

Standard Country Club

8208 Standard Club Lane

Open to the public


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