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28th Annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament

June 13, 2018

Donna  Mark Nagel

The 28th Annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament, the major fundraiser for SERV Behavioral Health System Inc., will take place June 13, 2018 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Members of the VFS Committee, chaired by Ted Golfinopoulos, will again lend their talents to make this time-honored event another successful fundraiser. Volley For SERV raises funds for exceptional programs for special-needs youth and adults throughout New Jersey. It is a daylong event featuring a six-division doubles tennis tournament followed by an evening reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, open bar, live entertainment, silent auction, raffle drawing, player awards, door prizes, and more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit programs for SERV consumers who are recovering from a severe and persistent mental illness and/or coping with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Volley For SERV Committee members include SERV board members and tennis players Ted Golfinopoulos and Andre Caldini; tennis players Beth Silverman-Bauman, Ben Branche, Tony Coventry, Gwen Guidice, Constantine Larigakis, Donna Nagel, Deb Osgood, Charles Villano Jr. and Rick White; and SERV staff members Ida Doolan, Majken Mechling and Regina Widdows. If you would like to join the committee, contact Ida Doolan at the number below.

The cost for an individual VFS player is $210, or $400 for a team, which includes the tournament, courtside lunch, VFS tennis shirt, a commemorative team photo, giveaways, and the dinner reception. Reception-only tickets are $105 each.

To learn more about corporate sponsorships and to advertise in the event program journal, click on the button below or contact Ida Doolan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (609) 662-3066.

REGISTER TEAM

Click here for the Volley For SERV Brochure

AmazonSmile Instructions

Amazon Smile LogoThe SERV Foundation is registered with AmazonSmile.

When you shop on Amazon through smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Foundation.

Here’s how:

  1. Start at smile.amazon.com
  2. Select The SERV Foundation as your charity of choice
  3. Begin shopping!

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GoodShop/GoodSearch Instructions

GoodSearch GoodShop logoAs you begin your online shopping for the holidays, please consider using GoodShop.com before ordering from your favorite merchants' websites. When you do, a percentage of your purchases can go directly to SERV Foundation at no cost to you.

It's Simple!

  1. Download the GoodSearch-GoodShop tool bar at www.goodsearch.com
  2. Select SERV Foundation (Ewing, NJ) as your Charity of Choice

Internet Search: Every time you do an Internet search through the GoodSearch toolbar, the SERV Foundation earns a penny.

Online Shopping: When purchasing items online, first find your favorite store through the GoodShop toolbar. A percentage of every purchase you make (average 3%) will go to the SERV Foundation when you select from over 5,000 stores.

Most stores also offer discount coupons and free-shipping offers

Here are just some of the most popular stores on GoodShop:

Amazon

American Express

Apple

Best Buy

Bed Bath & Beyond

Boscov's

Crate & Barrel

Dell

GAP

Hewlett Packard

Home Depot

Hotels.com

iTunes

Kohl's

Lands' End

L.L.Bean

Macy's

Old Navy

Staples

Target

Toys 'R' Us

Walgreens

Walmart

Williams Sonoma

SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your family, friends and co-workers

Volunteer

Join the Volley For SERV Committee

VFS Committee 2015Committee members for the 25th Annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament in 2015 included, from left, seated, Sena Hill, Gwen Guidice, Natale Award honoree Ted Golfinopoulos, Ann LoPrinzi and Beth Silverman-Bauman; standing, Rick White, John Schragger, Andre Caldini and Rich Anderson. The 26th annual fundraiser will take place June 15, 2016 at Cherry Valley Country Club, Skillman. Save the date!

Each of our Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament fundraisers over the last two decades began with a dedicated group of people who committed to seeking players, sponsors, silent auction items and more. The committee is comprised of interested people in the community, tennis players, and SERV board members and staff. You do not have to be a tennis player to volunteer for this event. Call (609) 662-3059 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Landscape, Paint, Garden

Would you like to create a vegetable or flower garden at one of SERV's 51 group homes for the consumers to enjoy and cultivate? Perhaps you and some friends would like to spend a few hours painting a room or two at one of the group homes in your area. SERV Properties & Management, Inc. has opportunities available in the following counties: Burlington, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union. Call (609) 662-3060 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

graphic-artistsShare A Skill

The SERV Foundation could benefit by having a creative person with graphic art skills to help design posters, fliers, brochures and more for the events the Foundation sponsors. Volunteers would work with SERV's Director of Communications in the Ewing, NJ, office on projects designed to promote SERV and its family of companies. This is an ideal volunteer position for college students looking to earn credits by working with a nonprofit organization. Call (609) 662-3066 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank-You Calls To Our Contributors

The SERV Foundation is looking for individuals who could spend an hour or more making personal phone calls to our recent contributors, all of whom are on a confidential list. Call (609) 662-3066 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Corporate Day Of Giving

Large and small companies alike often encourage charity activities among staff, allowing their workforce to donate time to or raise money for charities during work hours. Your skills on any level in any of the above volunteer activities would be invaluable. Call (609) 662-3066 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Participate

Play In Volley For SERV

Nell Geiger playing If you are a tennis player in the A, B or Pro Divisions, you can help support SERV by participating in The SERV Foundation's major fundraiser, the annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament, which was begun in 1990. Volley For SERV features a 7-division tennis tournament, followed by a fabulous evening reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the veranda overlooking the main court, an exquisite dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and an awards ceremony for the players and honorees. One of the highlights of the evening is the drawing for the Super Cash Raffle.

For more information, call (609) 662-3066 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donations

Gifts of Money

Annual Fund — Donations to the Annual Fund help SERV continue to deliver a high standard of care to the individuals and families who come into our care. It also helps us to bring much needed services to those who cannot pay for care.

Checks may be made payable to The SERV Foundation and mailed to the address above; OR click here.

Scholarship Fund — Donations may be made exclusively to the Scholarship Fund, which provides educational funding for SERV consumers who are pursuing vocational training or a degree in higher education. Often, our consumers have been unable to complete their studies begun earlier in life due to their illness. Now, able to take on a course of study, they are often unable to finance such a pursuit.

SERV expects to award at least $20,000 a year in scholarship money to its consumers throughout our ten-county service area. Since the Scholarship Fund's inception in 2004, the Foundation has granted more than $225,000. Our evaluations show that 79% of our scholarship recipients successfully completed their classes and that the median GPA, since we began keeping track of such statistics (2009), is 3.177. Some recipients have gone on to earn bachelor's or master's degrees and have attained employment; others have learned a new trade, such as barbering, cosmetology or auto mechanics. Click here.

Raffle-TicketsPurchase Cash Raffle tickets — The SERV Foundation conducts two raffles per year.

  • In January, The SERV Foundation begins the sale of tickets for the Super Cash Raffle, which is drawn during the annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament in June. With a goal of $25,000, tickets are 1 for $50 or 3 for $100. First-prize winner receives 40% of the amount raised; second-prize winner receives 10% of amount raised.
  • In September, SERV employees begin the sale of tickets for the Scholarship Fund Cash Raffle, which is drawn in November. Money raised goes exclusively toward scholarships for SERV consumers. Tickets are $10 each. Three winners receive 25/15/10 percent of the amount raised.

Sponsor a SERV Fundraiser or Project — Small businesses and large corporations are invited to sponsor any one of The SERV Foundation's fundraising events and projects.

  • One way is to support SERV's major fundraising event, the annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament. Businesses may choose among a variety of sponsorship levels, which include ads in the program journal, banners displayed around the main tennis court, court signs with their company's logo, tennis team(s) sponsorship, and more. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Advertise in the SERV Art Calendar – In November, SERV distributes an Art Calendar featuring the winning works of consumers who entered an art contest. One thousand copies are distributed to individual and corporate donors throughout New Jersey. The calendar also includes SERV's Annual Report. Businesses may submit a full-color ad for a very reasonable fee. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donate Your Vehicle

carBuying a new car? Getting rid of an old one? SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. has teamed up with Donate For Charity so you can easily donate your automobile, boat, RV or other vehicle as a way to help support our cause. Donate For Charity will arrange for your vehicle – whether it is running or not -- to be picked up anywhere in the United States free of charge. Also, you can get a tax deduction if you itemize your federal tax return. We certainly appreciate our donors considering this option.

To find out more about this program, click here

Employee Giving

Many companies have matching gift programs that will double or even triple charitable contributions made by their employees. Find out if your company will match gifts to The SERV Foundation.

Gifts of Goods or Services

SERV accepts donations of goods or services that help us in furthering our mission. Donations that have helped in the past include everything from printing and design services to holiday gifts for consumers. If you wish to make this type of donation to SERV Behavioral Health System, please complete, print and sign the In-Kind Gift Form. Your signed In-Kind Gift form may be faxed to (609) 771-9728 or mailed to The SERV Foundation, 20 Scotch Road, 3rd Floor, Ewing, NJ 08628. Please see our Gift Acceptance Policy.

Stock Donations

The SERV Foundation also accepts stock donations. You may designate funds for a specific project, such as a new roof for a group home, or special programs or scholarships for SERV consumers. Please check with your tax advisor for possible tax advantages of stock donations. You may contact Chief Financial Officer Caren Jesseman at (609) 662-3097 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Bequests and Other Planned Gifts

Bequests and Planned Gifts are gifts that you designate to SERV from your estate. While there are several ways to make a Planned Gift, the easiest method is through a Bequest. This can be done simply by adding a few lines (or a codicil) to your current will.

Click here for Bequest Language

Fundraisers of the SERV Foundation

The father-son team of Paul and David Kramer, left, shakes hands with their opponents, A.J. Almanzor and Romeo Laurente, after a B-Division match during the 22nd annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament fundraiser at Cherry Valley Country Club.

The annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament, which began in 1990, draws players from New Jersey and Pennsylvania for a full day of tennis competitions in A, B and Pro Divisions at a nearby country club. The contests are followed by an evening reception, which includes the presentation of the SERVice Award and the Lou Natale Players Award, prizes to contestants, an exquisite dinner, a silent auction with fabulous prizes donated by area businesses, live entertainment, and the drawing of the Super Cash 50/50 Raffle. Click here for more information.


The Super 50/50 Cash Raffle Orange-Raffle-Ticketsis a popular fundraiser among supporters (January to June). Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100. First-prize winner takes home 40% of the amount raised and second-prize winner takes 10% of amount raised. Tickets are drawn during the annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament in June. Proceeds benefit all programs of The SERV Foundation.

Click here to purchase tickets.


The Scholarship Fund Cash Raffle graduatetakes place in the fall, with ticket sales from September to November. Net proceeds from ticket sales ($10) go exclusively toward providing scholarships to SERV consumers who wish to further their education, but who have exhausted all other sources of financial aid. Three raffle winners receive 25, 15 and 10% of the total amount raised. SERV's employees and board members take an active part in selling the tickets to family, friends and co-workers. SERV donors also receive notice of the raffle and are asked to support the fundraiser.

Click here to purchase tickets.


 

Amazon Smile LogoAmazonSmile -- The SERV Foundation is registered with AmazonSmile. When you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Start at smile.amazon.com, select The SERV Foundation as your charity of choice and begin shopping. For more information, click here.


GoodSearch/GoodShop -- The SERV Foundation can earn a donation every time you searchGoodSearch-GoodShop-logo the Internet and/or shop online. Search the web with Yahoo-powered GoodSearch.com and they'll donate a penny to the SERV Foundation each time you do a Google-type search! And, if you shop at one or more of the 2,500+ GoodShop.com merchants, a percentage of each purchase will go to our cause (average 3%). Click here for simple instructions.


CoverThe SERV Art Calendar, distributed in early November to donors and supporters throughout New Jersey, features creative works of arts by our consumers with SERV Centers of New Jersey and SERV Achievement Centers. We accept advertisements from area businesses and corporations. If you would like to advertise your company's products and/or services, please call (609) 662-3066 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.