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GCU Hosts 16th Annual Scholarship Classic Fund-Raiser

Golf Event Raises Scholarship Funds, Honors Businessman Joseph Buckelew

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 2, 2011—Georgian Court University will host its annual Scholarship Classic on Monday, April 25, at the Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale, New Jersey. The day-long fund-raiser will also honor local businessman and civic leader Joseph Buckelew, executive chairman of Conner Strong Companies Inc.

“We are excited to take our annual golf outing that raises scholarship money for our students and to honor Joe Buckelew at this year’s event,” says James J. Knipper, who co-chairs the 2011 Scholarship Classic Committee with Michael Laferrara.

Mr. Buckelew, a longtime supporter of Georgian Court, is the former owner of Buckelew & Associates, a predecessor company of Conner Strong. The Marlton-based company ranks among the 15 largest privately held insurance brokerages in the United States and is one of the country’s 35 largest insurance brokerages overall. Conner Strong places in excess of $1 billion in premium volume annually.

His reputation as a strong business leader spans more than 50 years, and he is equally engaged in community work. GCU will honor Mr. Buckelew with the Distinguished Civic Service Award, recognizing his work as vice chairman of the Kimball Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees since 1985—a role that has placed him on the Saint Barnabas Health Care System’s Board of Trustees for the last decade. He also is a former chair of the New Jersey Highway Authority and the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority.

The lifelong Lakewood resident has served as Lakewood mayor, police commissioner, and a member of its Township Committee, as well as on the Ocean County Board of Freeholders. He also was one of the founding members of the radio station WOBM/92.7FM.

Mr. Buckelew, who has received honorary degrees from Georgian Court University and Monmouth University, is widely recognized for his commitment to the community. He has been honored by the Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America; the Ocean County Council of the Boy Scouts of America; the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council; and the Ocean County College Foundation.

“He is an incredible example of servant leadership in all he has done in his career to help the residents of New Jersey, of the Lakewood community, and at Georgian Court University,” says Mr. Knipper, a GCU trustee and president and CEO of J. Knipper and Company in Lakewood.

For 16 years, GCU has hosted a yearly golf outing that brings supporters of the university together for a day of fun and fund-raising. This year, the event begins with registration at 10:00 a.m., followed by a barbecue brunch at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon. Format of play will be a modified scramble, and participants will be awarded golf prizes for men’s 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd- place teams; women’s 1st-place team; men’s and women’s longest drives; and closest-to-the-pin on a designated par 3 hole.

Later, participants will enjoy a 5:30 p.m. silent auction and open bar cocktail reception, followed by the awards dinner. Supporters can also enter a 50/50 raffle to win up to $10,000—only 400 tickets are available, and are $50 each.

Sponsorships for GCU’s 2011 Scholarship Classic remain available, starting at the $300 level. Golfers can register a foursome for $1,900, which covers the barbecue, reception, and dinner. Registration for an individual golfer is $500, and $75 tickets are available for supporters who only want to attend the reception and dinner.

Georgian Court University will only allow 36 foursomes for this outing, so reservations are required. Information on sponsorship levels, amenities, registration, and opportunities for advertising are online at For further information or to purchase an advance raffle ticket, please e-mail or contact Michele Meyerson in the GCU Office of Annual Giving at 732.987.2261.

Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, the only course in New Jersey listed in the Jack Nicklaus Design Group portfolio, features a full driving range with multiple target greens, a 75-yard short game practice area including bunkers, fairway and rough, multiple putting greens, and a private teaching area. The facility has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments, including the U.S. Open Local Qualifying Tournament in 2001 and 2004, the 1991 New Jersey PGA Championship, the 1992 New Jersey State Amateur Championship, the New Jersey State Mid-Amateur Championship, and NJSGA’s Tournament of Champions.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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