Despite the forecast, the rain held off for dozens of Jets players who teamed up with fans for a feisty scramble tournament at the fourth annual New York Jets Charity Golf Classic on Tuesday. The event, presented by National Communications Group, raised more than $215,000 for the New York Jets Foundation.
The players brought their competitive spirit to the spectacular golf course on Long Island. Nick Mangold's team looked strong at the outset, but James Dearth's team sneaked up from behind to take the top prize with a score of 55.
Though golf was the focus of the day, guests at the classic had the opportunity to spend quality time with some of their favorite players, chatting, taking photos and hanging out. General manager Mike Tannenbaum kicked off the event by thanking all the participants for taking time from their busy schedules to support the work of the Jets Foundation. Later in the day, head coach Eric Mangini took a swing around the course to greet each fivesome.
As the tournament came to a close, the Jets' rookie class arrived to join their teammates for the dinner reception and silent and live auctions. After mingling with the guests, the rookies took to the stage, providing guests with the evening entertainment. Divided into teams, they showed off their amateur talents from singing to dancing to performing traditional Hawaiian chants.
Bob Wischusen, the voice of the New York Jets, conducted a live auction that included three once-in-a-lifetime trips: team charter trips to Baltimore and Dallas and a trip to the 2007 Super Bowl. The silent auction, live auction and raffle brought in nearly $40,000 for the Jets Foundation.