The 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic champion is donating $20,000 to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey's Southern Branch in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, the ShopRite LPGA Classic representatives announced Wednesday night, Nov. 7.
Stacy Lewis, who won the tournament at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Resort in June, said she was "heartbroken" to see the devastation the storm caused to the Atlantic City area.
“While the LPGA Tour was in Japan, I was heartbroken to see images of the damage caused by Sandy to the Northeast, especially the area near Atlantic City where we play the ShopRite LPGA Classic,” Lewis said in a release Wednesday night. “The people who come out to that tournament are so supportive of women’s golf, so I just wanted to find some way to help them through this difficult time.”
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch operates out of Egg Harbor Township and services Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southeastern Burlington counties, and its service programs include a mobile pantry, emergency assistance and food distribution pantry, Kathleen’s Closet thrift store, Kid’s Division, Kid’s Cafe, Family Meals program, Food Stamp outreach, among others.
“We are grateful and honored to receive Stacy’s very generous contribution,” Community Food Bank of New Jersey Southern Branch Executive Director Margie Barham said. “The area has been hit tremendously hard, and there are so many more people who now need our help and will for a long time to come.”
“As the home of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and site of Stacy Lewis’ exciting 2012 victory this past June, the greater Atlantic City area was one of the hardest hit regions from Hurricane Sandy,” ShopRite LPGA Classic Executive Director Tim Erensen said. “The aftermath of this unprecedented storm has left many area residents without the comfort of their homes, causing tremendous financial stress on families and organizations serving those affected. Stacy’s exceptionally generous donation to The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch comes at a critical time, and will go a long way in providing much needed comfort and assistance to those who call the Atlantic City area home,” Erensen added. “Not only is Stacy’s indomitable spirit and generosity admirable, but her fondness for our tournament and the people of this region is both comforting and heartwarming.”