Special Events & Fundraisers
Community Holiday Events
The JCC hosts several Jewish cultural & family holiday celebrations throughout the year, including a Community Hanukkah Celebration and a Community Purim Festival. The JCC also teams up with the Greater Binghamton Jewish Federation to offer the Jewish Ethnic Festival bi-annually at the JCC.
Each year, typically in November, the JCC hold a fundraising gala event, open to the entire community. The “overall theme” varies from year to year but there is always amazing entertainment, food & drink. Past events have included: Bellagio, Diamonds & Denim, Cabaret, Deco Diva’s, Bubby’s Kitchen, One-Woman show by Heidi Weeks, and Comedy. Contact us at 607-724-2417 if you want to be notified, or would like to volunteer to help, on the next gala event.
Annual Golf Tournament
Each summer, the JCC holds an Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament. Typically the tournament starts with a 12:30pm shotgun start at Vestal Hills Country Club. The format of the event is 4-person Captain & Crew with Calloway style scoring.
Vestal Hills Country Club is a championship course unsurpassed in the area for challenging play and offers golfers a wide variety of terrain. Eighteen holes, guarded or hedged by water, deep woods, sand traps and hilly bunkers, provide an exciting test of any golfer’s skills.
Team fee of $500 ($125 per player) includes golf, cart, hor d’oeuvres, dinner and prizes. Local families and businesses are offered the opportunity to sponsor a hole or green for a donation of $200.00. For more information, to sponsor or sign up, contact the JCC at 607-724-2417.
Fundraising for this event benefits families in need of scholarship assistance for quality daycare, as well as provide funding for youth recreation league scholarships and program support.
Annual Jewish Community Yearbook
This comprehensive yearbook is distributed to homes and business just before the High Holiday’s each year. It honors an individual and/or couple who have been selected by the Yearbook Committee.
The Yearbook is made up of many sections, including
1) Rosh Hashana greetings
2) Honoree article and section
3) Articles about JCC Programs and Services’
4) Articles on other Jewish Community organizations
5) Of Blessed Memory
6) Simchas – babies, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, graduations, weddings, confirmations and more.
7) Ad solicitations
The proceeds from charitable donations and business advertising in the Jewish Community Yearbook fund over $200,000 in daycare, day camp, youth recreation and membership scholarships annually at the JCC. Requests from families in need increase every year, due to challenging economic times and especially after the last two flood devastations in our community.
JCC Athletic Hall of Fame
Established in 2009
We are proud to announce that the 2014 inductee will be Brian Savitch. Save the Date: Sunday, June 1st. More details to come.
Life-long, accomplished golfer and sports enthusiast. Began playing golf at age 10 at the old Vestal Hills Country Club which was on the site of the current JCC. Played and lettered several times on the Binghamton High School Golf Team. Played varsity golf and lettered at Syracuse University (1963-1966) and was named team captain in 1966. Over a span of 20 consecutive years, Mark didn’t miss a cut in either the Broome County Amateur or the Broome County Open, where he was the first and second round leader in the Broome County Amateur on several different occasions. Frequent qualifier for the New York State Amateur, finishing as high as 12th. Lifelong member at VHCC, where he achieved a handicap best of “1”. Four Vestal Hills Club Championships. Five Vestal Hills Senior Club Championships. Course record holder at Vestal Hills for about 15 years, with a round of 66. Lowest 9-hole score carded was a 30!. Has recorded 4 holes-in-one, all at Vestal Hills. Co-chairman of the 1980 and 1989 New York State Amateur Golf Championship. Has served as a board member at the JCC & Temple Concord. Helped coach the JCC Grammar School and Junior Varsity Basketball teams for several years. Served as a past Vice-President of the Triple Cities Golf Association and as a board member and officer at Vestal Hills Country Club for many years.
The purpose of the HOF is to recognize outstanding athletic related achievements and/or accomplishments of individuals who have been active members and participants in the Binghamton JCC and whose competitive spirit and leadership have benefitted the community at large. The HOF is also a vehicle to generate revenue to help fund families in need of scholarships, as well as general support for youth recreation leagues and programs.
Nominations may be submitted by anyone on the AHOF Nomination Form. Forms can be downloaded or picked up at the JCC office. Nominations should be sent to: the HOF committee, c/o the JCC, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. Nominations should provide details about the athletic accomplishments of the nominee, as well as evidence of the nominees’ active involvement and membership in the JCC (past or present). Deadline is typically late January.
Past Inductees (Click on name to read their bios)
During his 20-year tenure as Director of Athletics at Binghamton University, Thirer transformed athletics from a Division III program into the current expansive and flourishing Division I program. His efforts resulted in Binghamton being selected for membership in the America East Conference in 2001. Along the way, he played a key role in numerous facility projects, including the strategic planning for the construction of the Events Center and Bearcats Sports Complex. Thirer was named the Division I Athletic Director of the Year for the Northeast in 2007 and some of the more notable achievements during his tenure included winning back-to-back America East Academic Cup titles, hosting four America East basketball championship tournaments and crowning nine NCAA individual champions, 93 All-Americans and 51 conference team champions. A noted sports psychologist with a PhD from Florida State, Thirer now teaches in Binghamton University’s department of health and wellness studies.
YMCA Camp Arrowhead: tennis, baseball, swim team; assistant counselor. Short Stop for the Wellsville Pony League under Jake Pitler – 1st base coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Varsity Baseball, Football, Basketball, Mercersburg Academy 1942-43;Voted best athlete in class, 1943. Varsity Football (Offensive Guard and Linebacker), University of Pennsylvania, 1947-48. “Mungerman” at Penn playing under one of Penn’s most famous coaches, George A. Munger.Penn went 12-3-1 in his two years as a letter winner and went undefeated in 1947 for its first undefeated season since winning the 1908 National Championship. It is one of just 11 undefeated seasons in 134 years of Penn Football. Paddleball champion, YMCA City League, Binghamton, 1950s.
12 & Under Marbles Champion, City of Binghamton, 1947. Varsity Basketball, JCC, 1951. Varsity Baseball, Co-captain & named to All-State team, Binghamton Central High School, 1955. Varsity Basketball & Football, Named to All-STAC team, Binghamton Central High School, 1955. Lettered in Football, Baseball & Basketball, Dartmouth College. Pitched at Fenway Park in quarter-finals of National College Baseball World Series, DartmouthCollege, 1958. Named Co-Athlete of the Year, Dartmouth College, 1958. Golfing Accomplishments from 1960 to present include: 11 Holes-in-One, 6 combined Club Championships at Vestal Hills CC and Delaire CC, 2 top 20 finishes NY State Amateur, 1 top 10 finish NY State Mid-Amateur, 2 top 10 finishes Broome County Amateur. Numerous JCC coach and player accomplishments from 1962-2008.
Camp Susquehannock 5-time Tennis Gold Medalist, 1975-1976. Vestal High School Varsity Basketball, 1985-1986, Captain 1986. Vestal High School Varsity Tennis, 1983-1986. Southern Tier Athletic Conference All-STAC Tennis, 1984-1986. NYS Section 4 Singles Tennis Champion, 1986. Triple Cities Tennis Association Champion, 1988. NCAA Division I Varsity Men’s Singles/ Doubles Tennis, Penn State University, 1986-90. Savitch Agency Men’s Basketball 30+ Champions, JCC 2002, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09. US Tennis Association Champions 2003, 2007.