A GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR JAKE: James "Jake" Hoffman was a Stoughton resident who was set to graduate
from UMass Amherst last school year, but tragically passed away at the age of 21 in a fire at an
off-campus apartment complex the day before classes were to begin
at UMass in January 2013.
Jake was beloved by everyone who ever met him. He is terribly missed by family and friends, and his final resting place at Evergreen Cemetery has a constant parade of visitors.
His friends in Stoughton, led by Frankie Faria, held an extremely successful fundraiser at the soccer fields for scholarships at Stoughton High in his name. Over 300 people participated and his family shared in the love.
On Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day) at the Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton, the first James "Jake" Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will take place, which is organized by Seth Rotberg, one of Jake's friends from UMass.
At UMass, Jake was highly involved in his major, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and was set to complete a rotational internship program at The Country Club inBrookline this summer after becoming involved in the UMass Student Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America and the New England Club Managers Association in recent years.
Jake also used his many great hospitality skills to participate in other UMass programs, such as the Sports Management student program, "Covering the Bases: A Night with the General Managers." On top of this, he was vice president of the Jewish Student Union and involved with a large-scale project called MESIBA. He graduated from Stoughton High in 2009.
Rotberg tells About Town that the proceeds from this golf tournament will go directly to the Jake Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Isenberg School of Management on the campus of UMass Amherst to benefit a student with aspirations to complete a degree in hospitality and tourism management with a special interest in club and sport management.
Golf tournament fees are $115 per person (teams of 4 cost $460). Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the tournament starts at 10 a.m. You can register online at https://jakehoffman.eventbrite.com.
If you don't golf, and you'd like to get involved and help out a great cause, the opportunity is there. Organizers are looking for sponsors, raffle items for the raffle and silent auction, and volunteers.
Contact Seth via email: email@example.com, or by phone at 508-988-5888. All donations are tax deductible and checks should be written out to the James E. Jake Memorial Fund and sent to 9 Liberty St. Natick, MA 01760.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Happy 28th Anniversary to Rabbi Jonathan Hausman and his bride, Susan (Komisar) Hausman. They celebrated Monday. Happy 25th to Seth and Noralee Curtis. They went to Stowe, VT to celebrate their anniversary this past weekend.
BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Happy 24th to Stoughton's Jason Leppo (Sept. 1). He now resides in Florida. To Carol DiStefano of Precision Windows & Doors. To Carin Weeks-Klipp, long-time Town Meeting rep and ADA Compliance Committee member. To Debbie Savage, a Curry friend, and wife of Sam Savage, another Curry buddy. To Ken Johnston, a long time pedaler for the PNC fundraiser, and one of the most outstanding football coaches in STOYAC history (they celebrated on Labor Day).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To the lovely Nina Bloomstein Shatz, a Brandeis grad, who works at Red Ball Promotions. To Arthur Arkanese, who has been wonderful and generous to the Congregation at Ahavath Torah. And to my friend, Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. They all celebrate Tuesday. And, on Thursday, Happy Birthday to State Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton) and my friend comedian Steve Sweeney (who will be coming to Stoughton with Jimmy Tingle, Steven Wright, and more for the 2nd Annual Bob Lazarus Fundraiser at Ahavath Torah Congregation).