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For Immediate Release


Three South Jersey Organizations to Benefit from 2017 Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (Aug. 1, 2017) - Atlantic City Electric announced today three South Jersey nonprofit organizations, Conserve Wildlife Foundation, Ranch Hope, Inc. and the Val Skinner Foundation-LIFE LPGA Pros in the Fight, to receive funds raised by the 12th Annual Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic. The event, which will be held on September 18 at Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., is just one in a series of events and initiatives by Atlantic City Electric's parent company foundation, PHI Community Foundation, to support local youth development, education and low income advocacy organizations. 

"This event is an important part of our ongoing efforts to partner with and support local South Jersey nonprofit organizations," said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. "From funding, to volunteerism, to board support, our employees and our company are committed to helping organizations across the region achieve their important mission in serving the needs of others." 

The annual event brings together members of local community organizations and business and industry leaders who play alongside LPGA professionals in a traditional 18-hole tournament structure, along with special competitions, all to raise funds for local organizations.

Since its inception in 2006, the  Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic has raised more than $1.4 million for 18 local nonprofit organizations in South Jersey. This funding has helped support many local programs, including those that provide youth mentoring, breast cancer education, support abused or neglected children, help struggling individuals and families achieve self sufficiency, and celebrate the achievements of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  

Conserve Wildlife Foundation works to protect rare and vulnerable diverse wildlife in New Jersey. From bald eagles and bobcats to piping plovers and tiger salamanders, Conserve Wildlife Foundation has helped many wildlife species recover and/or fight off extinction. Its biologists utilize field science, habitat restoration, surveys, telemetry tracking, volunteer management and other innovative methods to stall species declines and start recoveries. Its team of educators informs students, scouts, corporate groups and civic associations on New Jersey's diverse wildlife as well as volunteer opportunities. Atlantic City Electric has partnered with Conserve Wildlife Foundation to educate local students on environmental initiatives and to assist it in restoring pollinator habitat and osprey nesting platforms in southern New Jersey.  

Ranch Hope, Inc. serves at-risk youth and their families from New Jersey and the Delaware Valley through residential behavioral healthcare, education, shelter, independent living and adventure-based services. Ranch Hope's Strang School is a regionally-accredited special education school approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. It offers a wide range of innovative, practical and effective courses and clinical services for students in grades 6 to12 who are experiencing adjustment, behavioral and/or personality challenges. In addition to a challenging academic program, Strang School offers a host of related services such as occupational therapy, industrial arts, health and family living. It is through this array of educational and support services that students are introduced to job training and career exploration.

The Val Skinner Foundation's mission is to help eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease while focusing on reaching younger women with information about the importance of early detection and healthy breast care practices. The Val Skinner Foundation, led by LPGA veteran and founder Val Skinner, co-conceptualized the young women's initiative with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Funding from the Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic helps support the foundation's "Young Women's Initiative," designed to educate young women on breast cancer awareness, risks and early detection.

This year's event title sponsor is Cooper Levenson. Platinum sponsors include Arthur R. Henry Inc., IBEW Local Union 351, Kline Construction, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, and Valiant Energy Service. 

More information about this year's event can be found here.

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